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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.

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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
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
The American Horticultural Society’s River Farm is a popular rental venue in the Washington, D.C. metro area that serves as...
7931 E. Boulevard Drive Alexandria, VA 22308
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
Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company built its historic firehouse in 1855. Friendship survived the Civil War but some...
107 S. Alfred Street
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
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
Kyo Gallery is an international art gallery, showcasing the most talented artists from around the world. Kyo Gallery often presents...
111 S. Patrick Street
Founded in 1934, The Little Theatre of Alexandria began as a small play-reading group. Full productions ensued, and in 1939...
600 Wolfe Street
This eighteenth-century home provides a great historical and elegant setting for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and other events. Constructed around...
220 N. Washington Street
The newly renovated National Inventors Hall of Fame is located on the United States Patent and Trademark Office campus in...
600 Dulany Street
**Currently Under Construction** Army history is America’s history. The National Museum of the United States Army will provide the first...
1775 Liberty Drive Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

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