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GADSBY’S TAVERN MUSEUM                 703-838-4242
134 N Royal Street, Alexandria, VA  22314

DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 exit 1B (Old Town).  Turn right on Gibbon St., turn left on Washington St., turn right on King, turn left on N Royal (#134).

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

PARKING:  Metered Parking is available on North Royal Street, with two or three hour parking on nearby residential streets. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. Link to parking garage map

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND ATTRACTION:  Brick paved sidewalks - uneven surface.  Length of paths 300 ft. to accessible entry.

ENTRANCE:  Tavern, located front.  4 exterior steps, each 6 in. high.    1 entry door, 36 in. wide, opens in with knob handle located 35 in. above floor.  Museum has accessible side entrance.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Third floor rest room is not wheelchair accessible.  Accessible rest room is located across the street at City Hall.  Rest rooms identified by a raised figure of pants or a skirt on door to designate men or women.  Unisex/companion assisted rest room available.

An individual with a disability who wishes to request a reasonable accommodation may contact the Museum at 703.746.4242 at least one day prior to visit.
For guests with hearing disabilities, written scripts are available.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are hands-on exhibits.

For guests with mobility disabilities, the museum is wheelchair accessible only on the first floor.

GIFT SHOP:  Counters 50 in. high. The Museum Shop at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum offers a wide variety of gifts and merchandise associated with the tavern and historic Alexandria. Products include private label wine, holiday ornaments, children’s items and a large selection of books related to taverns in America.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Admission fee. Hours: November to March: Wed to Sat 11-4; Sun 1-4; Last tour: At 3:45 ; Closed Mon and Tue., New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. April to October
Tues to Sat 10-5; Sun and Mon 1-5. Last tour: At 4:45 p.m.

The Museum is open for guided tours only. Tours start at a quarter after the hour and a quarter before the hour and last approximately 30 minutes. Staff requests those requiring special accommodation to call ahead.  Will provide docent to assist visitors with disabilities.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum is located in Old Town Alexandria, near many shops, restaurants, and other museums and historic sites.


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