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Alexandria’s museums capture the imagination and inspire innovation amongst those seeking to learn something new. With George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens just a boat or bike ride away, beautifully preserved historic sites like Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in the heart of Old Town interpret Alexandria’s incredible role as the first president’s hometown. These gems are part of the Office of Historic Alexandria’s museum system, one of only eight municipal organizations across the nation accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Historically, Alexandria was an inspiration and road to freedom for many African Americans from the Civil War through civil rights, and many of those stories are detailed at the Alexandria Black History Museum and at Freedom House Museum. Curious and creative types are drawn to the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum at the US Patent & Trade Office, which was recently named amongst the “Top 10 Great Places to be Inspired by Innovation” by USA Today, and to the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center, where artwork is created before your eyes.

Step right into the museum’s laboratory where archaeologists reconstruct Alexandria’s history, fragment by fragment. The museum’s exhibits highlight the process...
105 N. Union Street, Torpedo Factory Art Center Third Floor, #327 Alexandria, Virginia
The 1839 Greek Revival building serves as the City’s history museum. An ongoing exhibition tells the story of Alexandria, once...
201 S. Washington Street Alexandria, Virginia
A Georgian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock...
121 N. Fairfax Street Alexandria, Virginia
Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company built its historic firehouse in 1855. Friendship survived the Civil War but some...
107 S. Alfred Street Alexandria, Virginia
Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! The Museum consists of the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City...
134 N. Royal Street Alexandria, Virginia
The 1755 Georgian-style mansion was the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and a framer...
10709 Gunston Road Lorton, VA 22079-3901
The Lee-Fendall House Museum is a historic house, located in Old Town, Alexandria. Since its construction in 1785, the house...
614 Oronoco Street Alexandria, Virginia-2308
The newly renovated National Inventors Hall of Fame is located on the United States Patent and Trademark Office campus in...
600 Dulany Street Alexandria, Virginia
Army history is America’s history. The National Museum of the United States Army will provide the first comprehensive portrayal of...
1775 Liberty Drive Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Opened in 1792 by young Quaker pharmacist Edward Stabler, the family business operated until 1933. Patrons included George & Martha...
105-107 S. Fairfax Street Alexandria, Virginia
The Athenaeum is a Greek Revival building built in 1851 and was home to the Bank of the Old Dominion.
201 Prince Street Alexandria, Virginia
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a memorial and museum, an active Masonic temple, a research library, a cultural...
101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, Virginia

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