Located at 201 S Washington St in Alexandria, The Lyceum is a historic structure that collects, preserves, and interprets the history and cultural material of the city of Alexandrian and the neighboring areas.
The Greek Revival building was built in 1839 by a group of gentlemen who wanted to improve public educational and cultural opportunities. The group joined with the Alexandria Library to construct a hall for lectures, scientific experiments, and quiet reading.
Since its construction, the building simply known as The Lyceum has served a Civil War hospital ward, a private residence, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Nation’s first Bicentennial Visitor’s Center. Today, The historic building is the official site of the city’s history museum and offers exhibitions, public programs, a museum store, and facility rentals.
The Lyceum is open For a suggested donation of $2, you will be able to learn about Alexandria’s history, art, and culture. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays 1 to 5 pm. You can also rent the facility for private functions which can be held either during the museum’s working hours or after it has closed for the evening.