Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 3 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm
Closed: New Year's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving,
Phone Number: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PHONE NUMBER FOR THE ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM HAS CHANGED
FROM 703.838.4399 TO 703.746.4399
105 N. Union Street, #327
Alexandria, VA 22314
Location: The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is located
on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in studio
number 327. There is no admission charge. See our location
using the TFAC's floorplan.
Alexandria Archaeology: Through the Alexandria Archaeology
Museum, the City of Alexandria, Virginia's archaeologists,
volunteers and students work with citizens and developers
to study and manage archaeological resources important to
the community's past, and to share this knowledge with both
a local and world-wide audience. Through local preservation
laws, archaeologists review all construction in the City so
that sites can be excavated in advance of development when
necessary to protect important resources.
Exhibits: "A Community Digs Its Past: The Lee
Street Site" uses the excavation of one city block, at
the corner of Queen and South Lee streets, to explore the
steps of archaeology as well as the history of Alexandria.
This site presented a microcosm of the City, including 18th
century wharves, early 19th century residences, shops, taverns
and warehouses, a well-known 19th century commercial bakery,
and a support complex for Civil War hospitals during Union
occupation of Alexandria.
Small, changing exhibits display a variety of Alexandria
discoveries. These may include artifacts from prehistoric
sites, an Alexandria stoneware kiln, an 18th century tavern,
Civil War sites, or finds from the most recent excavation.
On most Fridays, visitors will see volunteers working in the
archaeology lab, washing, marking or cataloguing artifacts
from a recent site, or working with artifacts excavated in
Alexandria during the past thirty years.
Programs: The Alexandria Adventure Lessons demonstrate
the step-by-step process of archaeology through hands-on group
activities using artifacts from the Alexandria Archaeology
collection. Call the Museum to schedule a lesson for your
school class, scout group, birthday party, summer camp, or
adult and senior groups. (A small fee is charged.)
From our website,
check the Museum's calendar, subscribe to eNews, or join the
Friends of Alexandria Archaeology for news about lectures,
Dig Days, family programs and other special events.