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In order to maintain physical distancing, purchase your entry time in advance at a steep discount. Instead of paying per person for admission, advanced tickets are only $3 for your entire group of up to 10 people. In lieu of individual tickets, select one entrance time for your group and present your emailed receipt. Alexandria residents can visit for free and can reserve an arrival time in advance. If you have already purchased a Key to the City ticket, choose that option to reserve your entrance time slot and present your Key to the City upon arrival. To make your visit as safe as possible, please read the "Safety Measures" when you click to purchase your ticket. During your visit, please view our new special exhibition, “Witnessing Worship: A Photographic Study of Faith in Alexandria.”
In order to maintain physical distancing, purchase your entry time in advance at a steep discount. Instead of paying per person for admission, advanced tickets are only $5 for your entire group of up to 10 people. In lieu of individual tickets, select one entrance time for your group and present your emailed receipt. Alexandria residents and Society members can visit for free. If you have already purchased a Key to the City ticket, choose that option to reserve your entrance slot and present your Key to the City upon arrival.
In order to maintain physical distancing, purchase your entry time in advance at a steep discount. Instead of paying per person for admission, advanced tickets are only $5 for your entire group of up to 10 people. In lieu of individual tickets, select one entrance time for your group and present your emailed receipt. Alexandria residents and Society members can visit for free. If you have already purchased a Key to the City ticket, choose that option to reserve your entrance slot and present your Key to the City upon arrival.
Join Dr. Jennifer Paxton, Professor, Catholic University, for her lecture "1066: How the Norman Conquest Changed Engand Forever." When William, Duke of Normandy, defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, what really changed? In this lecture, historian Jennifer Paxton explores the fascinating ways in which the English church, English government, and English culture were transformed by the encounter with the Normans. She will also look at how Normandy itself changed as the result of being ruled from across the English Channel. Both England and Normandy were more vibrant and more connected to the European mainstream as a result of the Conquest. Sponsored by the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee.

Guests will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link, Meeting ID, and password by noon the day prior to the lecture. Please check junk mail before requesting assistance from the MuseumShop email below. Ticket sales will close at 4 p.m. November 12.
Join local researcher and Syphax family genealogist Steve Hammond for a special lecture on November 19. Alexandria’s location has impacted the people who have lived and worked here through the centuries. Steve will share his Syphax family legacy and how it connects with Alexandria. His research is a compelling story of challenge and discovery. Working to find the African American roots of the prominent Syphax family, he forged working relationships with scholars across the nation. Through his work, Mount Vernon, Carlyle House, Arlington House, and the White House Historical Association as well as Historic Alexandria’s own Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum have been able to tell a more complete story of Alexandria and the nation. Steve Hammond is retired from the United States Department of Interior after many years of service as an earth scientist. A genealogist and family historian, Hammond has spent decades researching, writing, and lecturing about the Syphax Family and their place in Virginia history. Nancy Syphax, once enslaved by tavern keeper John Gadsby, is Mr. Hammond’s third great-grandmother.



Guests will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link, Meeting ID, and password by noon the day prior to the lecture. Please check junk mail before requesting assistance from the MuseumShop email below. Ticket sales will close at 4 p.m. November 19.

Rescheduled from September 2020 to May 2021


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 (8:30am-5pm) and a happy hour (5-7pm) at Gadsby's Tavern Museum:


* Vanessa Smiley- American Revolutionary War from the Bottom Up; Southern Theater Misconceptions


* Michael Harris - General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine


* Travis Shaw - Disaffected and Dangerous Persons: Loyalist Resistance in the Mid-Atlantic


* Mark Maloy - Drunk Hessians and Other Myths of the Ten Crucial Days


* John Rees - ’They Were Good Soldiers’: African Americans in the Continental Army