Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Historical Significance

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum has excavated over 25 African-American sites in Alexandria and has recovered thousands of artifacts relating to black history and culture. The Museum's collection includes historic maps, oral history and literature relating to African-American culture in Alexandria. Hands-on group activities use artifacts from the museum's collection to explore historic local African-American sites such as the Hayti neighborhood, Alfred Sugar House, Wilkes Street Pottery, and Gadsby's Tavern. 

The Museum contains a public laboratory where visitors can watch archaeologists reconstruct Alexandria's history fragment by fragment. Rotating exhibits highlight Native American, African-American, and European history, and explore the impact of urban development. Special events and archaeological excavations are held throughout Alexandria. The Museum staff has written about African-American life in Alexandria and is available to answer questions by appointment. Publications are also available.

Physical Description

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is located on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The Museum contains a public laboratory and a number of exhibits highlighting Native American, African American, and European heritage, as well as urban development.  Special events and archaeological excavations are held throughout Alexandria. Calendar available.

Geographical and Contact Information

105 N. Union St., Studio 327
Alexandria, Virginia
Phone: 703-838-4399
Fax: 703-838-6491

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Alexandria Archaeology Museum,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed June 19, 2019,

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