Alexandria - The Lyceum - Alexandria's History Museum

201 South Washington Street

Mission Statement :

The Lyceum provides visitors with a unique historical experience through exhibitions, programs, special events, the sale of merchandise in The Lyceum Museum Shop and rental of the facility. As both a general community history museum and a historic site, the institution's mission is further divided into two primary goals: first, to preserve and interpret the history and material culture of Alexandria and the surrounding region and, secondly, to protect, preserve and interpret the historic site known as The Lyceum. In pursuit of these goals, the museum staff follows an active collections program, develops and mounts exhibitions, produces public programs and school tours, and hosts a variety of other activities. The Lyceum regularly works with other historic sites and museums to bring about a more in-depth appreciation of the community's history.


Sam Bartley

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
A beautiful architectural representation of neo classical design, with the original grand staircase and columns out front. They have a number of exhibits inside, though, they are small and not particularly noteworthy in most cases. It's a small museum with a small budget, so it's not surprising the permanent exhibits are lacklustre. The real gem is the War World I exhibit. It occupies a space much larger than the rest and has been carefully curated to include a number of artifacts from local residents.

Patrick Ranville

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
This is a nice little museum. There is plenty of history to be learned, spanning centuries. The space itself is rather small, so don't expect to spend too much time here. The location is great too, as it is right by the busy shopping and eating center of Old Town Alexandria.

Danielle W

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Great hidden treasure in Alexandria. They hold many cultural events and talks. Museum inside.

Dan Oxenburg

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Great place, just wish they had more artifacts to examine.

Amy Murphy

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
A gem of Old Town history. From Poe to Barnum's Mermaid, so much happened here. Search the museum to discover some of the highlights of Alexandria's history. But, sadly it doesn't even contain half of the cool, quirky stories; be sure to hear some of the stories from the staff who are happy to share some of their favorite events discovered in the archives. Make sure to ask about Barnum's mermaid - half chimp/half fish, it was displayed here long enough to confuse a few journalists regarding it authenticity! If you are lucky, check out Poe's performance during Halloween!