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The Lyceum - Alexandria’s History Museum



The Lyceum

Photo © Eric Kvalsvik
The Alexandria Lyceum serves as the city’s history museum providing exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and special programs. The museum displays more than 1,500 objects that tell the story of Alexandria, Virginia from its founding in 1749 through the present day. The collection includes furniture, textiles, ceramics, silver, glass, tools, art, photographs, newspapers, toys and more.

The Lyceum is a Greek Revival building that was constructed in 1839 and was an important center of Alexandria’s cultural life until the Civil War. Since that time, the building has been used as a Civil War hospital, a private home, an office building and the nation's first Bicentennial Center. An interpretive display located on the first floor of the museum tells the history of the building.

The Lyceum's Lecture Hall is available to rent for private events. The Lyceum Museum Shop offers maps, books, stationery and other items related to Alexandria's history.

201 S. Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia
(703) 746-4994
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The Lyceum is located at Prince and Washington Streets in Old Town Alexandria, near many shops, restaurants, museums and historic sites. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot while visiting the Lyceum.

Museum Hours
Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas

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