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The mission of The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, is to provide 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.
The Lyceum is an excellent place for visitors to begin their exploration of Historic Alexandria, Virginia.
Established by a group of Scottish merchants and local landowners during the mid 18th century, Alexandria grew rapidly to become one of the busiest ports in the country by 1800.
Today, Alexandria retains much of its historic character in numerous old neighborhoods, shops, restaurants, museums and historic sites.
"Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present" provides visitors with an overview of the city's history supported by other changing exhibitions in The Lyceum's James Coldsmith Gallery and special events.
The Lyceum Museum Shop carries one of the finest collections of local history books, reproductions, children's items and souvenirs in town.
The Lyceum offers free parking and serves as a connection point for a trolley service to Crystal City hotels and a bus to Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washing- ton.
The permanent collection of The Lyceum spans three centuries of Alexandria's history and includes prints, documents, photographs, locally-made ceramics and silver, furniture and a variety of memorabilia from the community's past.
Exhibit: "Commonwealth & Community: The Jewish Experience in Virginia;"
Exhibit: "Alexandria's Attic;"
Program: "Camp Lyceum: Adventures in History;"
Exhibit: "The U.S. Military Railroad and the Lincoln Funeral Train;"
Free. Donations gratefully accepted.
From Washington, D.C.--- Take the George Washington Parkway South to Alexandria, where it becomes Washington Street. The Lyceum is located at 201 South Washington Street.
From outside the Washington area--- Exit from I-95 in Virginia onto U.S. Rte. 1 North (Alexandria). Turn right on Prince Street, and right again onto South Washington Street. The Lyceum is on your right.
James C. Mackay, Director