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Gadsby's Tavern offering free docent training

If you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a museum and offer tours to folks coming in to visit the museum, now is your chance. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, located in old town Alexandria, is currently seeking individuals 14 and older who enjoy meeting and talking with people of all ages, love American history, and want to learn more and share this knowledge with others. The training process is simple and made even easier through a three-hour class on Saturday, May 31st from 9:00 a.m.—noon that will fulfill half of the training requirements. Final requirements can be completed on a flexible schedule by applicants.

To apply to become a docent, complete an application online through or email The training will be hosted at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, located at 134 N. Royal Street in Alexandria. Those who cannot attend the May 31 training are still encouraged to apply as alternate arrangements can be made. Volunteer docents are needed both weekends and weekdays, and are asked to give a minimum of 4 hours per month (one tour shift).

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Today, the Museum offers public tours of the buildings year-round and hosts a variety of events that bring the past to life.

For more information, please visit the website or call 703.746.4242.

Source: City of Alexandria

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