Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Girl Scout Troops are welcome to book a private group tour or 18th-century tea, or attend one of the Museum’s ticketed events. Dates for the current school year are on the Girl Scout Council’s calendar.
The Tavern Overnight features activities based on Girl Scout Journeys!
Junior Overnight—It’s Your World—Change It
Complete two-thirds of the It’s Your World—Change It leadership journey for Junior Girl Scouts by joining Gadsby’s Tavern Museum for an overnight that walks girls step by step through what makes a great leader and how to lead a project of their own. The evening will use the story of how the museum buildings were saved as a case study for creating their own community-changing project. Girls will complete the Power of One and Power of Team sections of the journey and begin planning their community project for the final Power of Community section. Troops will need to take action and carry out their project at home to complete the journey. Overnight includes 18th century dancing to celebrate your progress as well as an evening snack and light breakfast.
Cadette Overnight—It’s Your Story—Tell It
Media is an unavoidable part of life, but are you controlling it or is it controlling you? Girls will use the collection of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum to examine types of media, persuasion techniques, and stereotypes. Then, using their new media savvy, they’ll take action and create a Public Service Announcement to get the real message about a topic that’s important to them. Saturday morning, the Cadettes will show their PSAs to the Junior Girl Scouts at the overnight and ask their survey questions. By the end of the overnight, girls will have completed all of the steps for the It’s Your Story—Tell It: Media leadership journey for Cadette Girl Scouts.
Cadette Girl Scout Troops will check in at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum to drop off their sleeping bags and meet their museum leader before heading over to the Apothecary Museum (approx. 2 blocks away). While the project will be completed at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, girls and chaperones will be spending the night at the Tavern. Overnight includes an evening snack and light breakfast.
Other ticketed events include:
Tea with Martha Washington
Appropriate for Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts
Badges: can be used to complete the Junior’s Social Butterfly badge or help with the Brownie’s Making Friends badge
Description: Ever wonder how the first First Lady entertained her guests? What is the proper way to hold a teacup with no handles? Here is your chance to experience history with Martha Washington as she discusses 18th century tea customs as well as clothing of the period. Presentation by Mrs. Washington immediately followed by tea, during which Mrs. Washington will visit each table. 18th century tea includes the museum's special blend of tea, pound cake, dried fruit, and assortment of cookies. Ideal for Girl Scout groups (etiquette helps meet some badge requirements) and families with kids grades 2nd and older. Party attire requested.
Preparing for a Ball
Appropriate for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts
Description: Balls were a girl’s favorite thing to do in the 18th century. Explore the tavern where famous balls like George Washington’s Birthnight Ball were held and practice the tasks involved in preparing for a ball. Includes an 18th century dance lesson and a craft to take home! Hour program begins at 10:30 a.m. with a new group starting every 45 minutes; last program begins at 3:15 p.m.
Troops who can’t make it the Museum or want to extend their experience can rent Playing the Past, a kit that walks troops through the steps to throw an 18th-century ball. Visit the Museum’s website for more information.
To book a private tour or tea or reserve the Playing the Past kit, please call the Curator of Education at 703.746.4739. Tickets for all other events are available at http://shop.alexandriava.gov. Tickets for the school year go live Tuesday, September 2 at noon.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
The Apothecary features 141 years of medical history through the lense of this family-owned and operated history pharmacy. For those interested in a private tour, the most popular choice is the “Potions and Lotions” tour, appropriate for Brownie Girl Scouts and older. The 30-minute tour can be tailored to the interests of the girls and ends with making and bottling lotion to take home. Email Apothecary.Museum@alexandriava.gov to book a private tour.
Special ticketed programs include:
Wonders of Science
Appropriate for Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts
Description: Visit the Apothecary and discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find out how they were used – and if they worked! During these hour-long tours, discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find out how there were used – and if they worked! As part of the tour, Project Enlightenment, McLean High School’s historical-reenactment society, will conduct 18th century scientific demonstrations which are certain to expand visitors’ knowledge about science in the 1700s. The girls will leave inspired by the high school students (many of them girls too) and the fun they had with science and history.
Appropriate for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts
Badges: Completes all but Static Electricity activity for Brownie Home Scientist badge
Description: What do super heroes, crazy animals, and explosions have in common? A mad scientist probably made them! Come to the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum to explore where real science and mad science collide. 1 hour tours feature historic medicines with surprising side effects and the Museum’s very own mad scientist bringing to life some crazy concoctions and the science behind them. Includes hands-on science experiments and a craft.
Cadette Media Journey Non-overnight program
This is the same as the Cadette Overnight at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, minus spending the night. Girls will complete all but the survey portion of the journey, but will write the survey questions and will receive the Public Service Announcement in the mail to show to a group of their choosing to survey.
Dates for the current school year are on the Girl Scout Council’s calendar.
Tickets for all other events are available at http://shop.alexandriava.gov. Tickets for the school year go live Tuesday, September 2 at noon.
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.
The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum
Girl Scout Troops are welcome to reserve a school program (minimum payments and reservation requirements still apply) or enjoy a self-guided visit to the museum during regular museum hours, Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.. Complimentary copies of our Family History Hunt are available at The Lyceum's reception desk. Lyceum patches are available for purchase in the museum shop.
Every March features the program Her Story: Women in Action, for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts. Celebrate women and learn about issues important to women and girls in your community at this special Women's History Month event! There will be four activity stations. A panel of former Girl Scouts will share their memories of Girl Scouting and how scouting empowered them. Participants will learn about Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of American Girl Scouting, by looking at a timeline of her life. Girls and adults will then add their own future goals to the timeline. Alexandria's Department of Community and Human Services is sponsoring two activity stations to help Brownies learn about important women's issues through hands-on activities and service opportunities.
Visit The Lyceum’s website for more details.
The Lyceum is part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.