Carlyle House Historic Park
Visit an 18th Century Mansion & Gardens
Discover Carlyle House Historic Park, home to an eighteenth-century historic house museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. John Carlyle, a wealthy merchant and a founder of Alexandria, completed his elegant stone mansion in 1753. Today, Carlyle House is one of the nation’s finest examples of Georgian residential architecture.
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Carlyle House will be closed April 19-20th for maintenance.
|Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday||10 AM - 4 PM|
|Sunday||12 PM - 4 PM|
|New Year's Day||Closed|
COVID-19 Tour Information:
-Tours are limited to 5 people (more if in the same family unit).
-Face coverings required inside the museum.
-Credit card payment preferred for all transactions.
-Call 703-549-2997 to reserve your tour time up to 3 days in advance; payment required to secure your time.
-Museum Shop Open 10 am - 4:15 pm
Ages Under 5
Age 6 - 12
Age 13 and over
Pre-arranged group of 10 or more
Pre-arranged student group
Portrait Photography Permit
The beautiful gardens at Carlyle House Historic Park are a popular spot for strolling, taking pictures, picnicking, walking the dog, event rentals and, of course, the site's various public programs! To help maintain the park for the public to enjoy now and in the future, we require a photo permit to use the grounds for portrait photography. The permit allows us to try and minimize scheduling conflicts. We offer two permits: 1) an Annual Permit for $200 and 2) a Two-Hour Permit for $25. Please click below to download the permits and decide which one works best for you. Questions, please call the museum at 703-549-2997.
WHO THESE WOUNDED ARE: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORIES OF THE MANSION HOUSE HOSPITAL (CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT 2016 – 2017)
After John Carlyle’s 1780 death, his one-acre Alexandria property was divided amongst his heirs, who further sold off various parcels. The Bank of Alexandria built a headquarters building at the northwest corner of the Carlyle property in 1806. Carlyle House itself passed out of the family in 1827, after the death of Sarah Carlyle Herbert.
Become a Docent
Enjoy History? Looking for a fun and relaxing volunteer opportunity? Carlyle House Historic Park, a colonial house museum in Old Town Alexandria, seeks volunteer docents to give public tours of this historic building. Carlyle House, built in 1753, interprets the home and family of John Carlyle, a merchant and town founder.
- Guide visitors on tours through the house.
- Preserve the past by bringing John Carlyle and 18th-Century Alexandria to life.
- Teach visitors about the cultural heritage of Alexandria.
- Work together with museum staff to give each visitor an enjoyable experience at the Carlyle House. Learn more everyday about the Carlyle family and life in 18th-Century Virginia.
Carlyle House Docents commit to volunteering at least 2 weekday shifts per month or 1 weekend shift per month. Morning shifts are 10am-1pm and afternoon shifts are 1pm-4pm. Carlyle House Docents have access to free parking in Old Town Alexandria, 10% off in the gift shop, monthly trips to local historic sites, and an opportunity to meet new people and make new friendships.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a museum volunteer please contact the museum by calling 703-549-2997 or emailing us at email@example.com
Green thumb and green thumb wannabes needed. Are you an experienced gardener or want to learn more? The Carlyle House garden needs you! Garden volunteers are needed to work in the garden from mid-March through mid-October. Volunteers typically work one day per week. Work days are flexible and depend on the schedule of the staff horticulturist. An every week commitment is not necessary. All supplies provided but please bring your own gloves. To volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlyle House Museum Teacher volunteers teach elementary and middle school students about life in colonial America and the Carlyle family in particular. Museum teachers educate school-age children on topics such as archaeology, the Revolutionary War, and slavery by leading interactive age-appropriate tours. If you are interested in becoming a Museum Teacher please contact the Educator by calling 703-549-2997 or emailing email@example.com
The Friends of Carlyle House is a group of interested citizens dedicated to preserving and enhancing the site while promoting community involvement through a program of membership, donations and fund-raising. Although Carlyle House is owned and operated by NOVA Parks, the Friends group provides the sole revenue for collections acquisitions and conservation. Friends funds also support and expand educational programs and school outreach.
Through the support of the Friends group, the museum has been furnished according to John Carlyle’s 1780 probate inventory, which lists items such as “1 Old Tea Chest Called the Mistake” and “2 walnut Clothes presses.” While the museum displays a fabulous array of 18th–century furnishings, the collection is not yet complete. As a Friend, you can help complete the Carlyle inventory. The Friends of Carlyle House sponsor a number of fundraising projects to support the collections.
Membership benefits include:
- Free admission to the museum
- 10% discount in the museum shop
- Invitations to events and exhibits
This has definitely become our favorite place to visit.
Me and my husband have lived in Virginia for a year now and have attended three events so far at the Carlyle House. They are always genuinely friendly and always find a new way to add a new adventure to your visit to the house. Gary and Susan in particular have gone above and beyond kind and willing to explain things about the house and its history. We can't wait to attend more events in the future! This has definitely become our favorite place to visit.
Google Review - 10/22/2020 by Christina
The staff at the Carlyle House made our day perfect! They were responsive from the beginning and walked us through the process of booking. The day of, they made sure the grounds were closed to visitors, and our wedding was perfect. We were married by the blue door in the back of the garden and had a very small, intimate wedding ceremony of 15 family members.
Wedding Wire - 10/23/2019 by Holly W.
The history of Alexandria
The tour was excellent. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and kept the conversation on a casual, comfortable level. She informed us of the Carlyle family as well as the history of the building and its role in the growth of Alexandria. I highly recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in historic homes or the history of Alexandria. Well worth an hour of your time and in super easy walking distance of the King Street and waterfront area.
Google Review - 07/30/2019 by Gina W.
Historical gem in Alexandria
Another Historical gem in Alexandria. Beautifully kept grounds. The tour is well worth your time, blending local history of Alexandria with greater American history.
Google Review - 05/29/2019 by Steven R.
Carlyle House is full of history
Carlyle House is full of history and is a great way to experience the colonial way of life in one of the best preserved towns in the United States. The tour is $5/person and last about 45 minutes to an hour. It is a fun activity if you are interested in architecture, history, colonial America, or just looking for something to do.
Google Review - 01/22/2019 by Anna F.