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While the building is small, there’s a lot more to see and learn than the regular 25-minute tour can cover. Purchase tickets for a Sunday morning extended tour and spend twice as long learning about the historic retail shop and laboratory of the old apothecary. Space is limited!
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the documentation and preservation of historic ships found on Alexandria’s waterfront. Learn about the discovery of the ships from professional archaeologists before taking an active role in the measurement and scale drawing of real timbers from the ships thought to date to the late 18th and early 19th century. Ages 14+; Children under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please wear long pants and sensible closed-toed shoes. No parking on site, however there is limited street parking nearby. $15 per person, $12 FOAA members.
Calling all aspiring archaeologists! Go behind the scenes to see what happens to historic ships when they are found underground. Find out how Alexandria grew as a port in the 18th century, try your hand at creating a map of the ship, and then test your skills to see if you have what it takes to make a mini boat that can carry cargo. Ages 8-14 (children under 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult). Please wear long pants and sensible closed-toed shoes. No parking on site, however there is limited street parking nearby. $15 per person, $12 FOAA members.

In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is offering 45 minute family-friendly tours that explore the muggle science and medicine behind J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. Event partners: Hooray for Books! will be selling wizarding merchandise on site and Dolci Gelati will have Butterbeer gelato available in their shop. Event includes potion making and a photo booth—don’t forget your camera. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.Space is limited and this event sells out quickly.



Bring your friends for a fun night at the Apothecary Museum featuring your favorite series! During this one hour event, explore the muggle science and medicine with tour guides, raise a toast to Harry’s birthday with a magical cocktail, and allow Professor Severus Snape to ensnare your senses as he demonstrates his magical skills. Afterward visit Dolci Gelati for a scrumptious bowl of Butterbeer ice cream. Space is limited and this event sells out quickly.
Bring your little learners to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce world history and folklore. Story time will take place every first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Explore the museum exhibits afterwards to learn about local black history. All ages are welcome, but most suitable for children 3-6 years old.
Tour this historic apothecary and learn about a few of the herbal medicines featured in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of novels from cascara to dauco seeds. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Tour is 11:00am-12:00pm. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.
Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world on a tour of this 19th century apothecary, and make your own magical sleeping potion! Recommended for ages 8 and up. The one-hour tour begins at 11:00am. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in at the front desk.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on September 21, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on September 21, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball. Times are 7:30 – 9:30 pm and cost is $12 per class or $30 for the series.

The Dance Series is September 5, 12, 19.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on September 21, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on September 21, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Step back to the time of Jane Austen at this late-1790s era ball. The evening will feature a variety of English Country dances in the historic ballroom, live music, and period-inspired refreshments. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged. Reservations are required; this event sells out quickly.

Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Before They Were Americans: A Prologue to the Revolutionary War


Gadsby’s Tavern Museum highlights the complexity of early America, but these challenges and uncertainties were rooted in what transpired before and during the Revolutionary War. In preparation for the 250th anniversary of 1776, explore topics with public historians during a one-day symposium in partnership with Emerging Revolutionary War


Day includes the following speakers and a happy hour at Gadsby's Tavern Museum:

- Dr. Peter Henriques - George Washington: From British Subject to American Rebel

- Phillip Greenwalt - I wish this cursed place was burned: Boston and the Road to Revolution

- Katherine Gruber - A Tailor-Made Revolution: Clothing William Carlin's Alexandria

- William Griffith -  A proud, indolent, ignorant self sufficient set: The Colonists’ Emergence as a Fighting Force in the French and Indian War

- Stephanie Seal Walters - Smallpox to Revolution

Don't miss two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre - Edgar Allan Poe! Actor David Keltz returns to The Lyceum’s lecture hall to re-create Poe’s visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Individual works performed each year vary, but the program always includes a chilling story or two such as “The Cask of Amontillado,” or “The Pit and the Pendulum,” along with well-known poems “The Raven” and “El Dorado.” Mr. Keltz’s performance has been lauded by The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, The Poe Museum in Richmond, and the Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia.

Beer and wine cash bar before the show.

$15 per person. Doors at 7:30 p.m., performance at 8 p.m. Reservations recommended.