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Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

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Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, the circa 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 the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations.

Meet in the same room George Washington met in and drink in the same room Thomas Jefferson drank in. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum was the center of Alexandria’s social scene in the 18th century — and now these historic rooms are available to you and your guests for your own historic event! The Assembly Room, located in the tavern, and the Ballroom, located in the City Tavern building, make an ideal setting for your client reception, corporate retreat, or next party!

General Information:

  • Rental fee includes tables, white folding chairs, forest green table cloths and museum staff time to clean up
  • Costumed guides are available upon request
  • Flexible seating arrangements
  • Enjoy the convenience of dining at Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant


  • Assembly Room: 65 lecture; 40 seated dinner; 80 reception
  • Ballroom: 90 lecture; 72 seated dinner; 100 reception
  • Combined: 112 seated dinner; 175 reception