A 'Key to the City' Day in Alexandria
Spend a day in Alexandria exploring the city's rich history, beautifully-preserved 18th- and early 19th-century architecture and cobblestoned streets. With the "Key to the City" museum pass, receive access into nine intimate historic sites and wander through the very walls in which history was made.
With your "Key to the City" museum pass, you can visit:
Gadsby's Tavern Museum – This former 18th-century tavern hosted the first five presidents and continues hosting balls and banquets today.
Carlyle House Historic Park – Former home to Alexandria co-founder John Carlyle, this site is also where five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding the French and Indian War.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum – As one of the oldest pharmacies in America, this 1792 drugstore houses more than 8,000 early medical care items and provided medicine to George and Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee.
The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum – This Greek Revival-style building tells Alexandria's storied port history with artifacts, photography and thought-provoking exhibits.
Alexandria Archaeology Museum – Located on the 3rd floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, this museum is home to Alexandria artifacts like a 13,000-year-old stone spear point.
Friendship Firehouse Museum – This 1855 firehouse was home to the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria and now houses antique firefighting equipment and exhibits.
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site – This former Civil War fort was responsible for protecting Washington, DC during the Civil War and is the best preserved fort today.
Alexandria Black History Museum - A site documenting Alexandria's African-American contributions from 1749 to today.
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden – Once home to 37 members of the Lee family, this Victorian-style home now interprets the 1850-1870 time frame.