Gadsby’s Tavern Museum has now reopened for tours after being closed for almost 5 months. This past winter, multiple frozen pipes burst causing damage throughout the museum complex. Major issues have been addressed including drying the buildings, repairing the sprinkler system, and re-plastering. The final step of repainting will be completed this fall when humidity conditions are more consistent, but this summer will be a great opportunity to witness a “work in progress” restoration and to the learn about the complex disaster recovery steps taken by historic site museums. Hours of the Museum are Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday and Monday: 1 – 5 p.m. Guided tours start at a quarter after the hour and a quarter before the hour and last approximately 30 minutes. The last tour each day begins at 4:45 p.m.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. For more information, call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.