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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, 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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Opening Hours

Regular Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Holiday Hours
December 24th: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
December 25th: CLOSED
January 1st: CLOSED

Fees

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Admission Fee

Ages Under 5

Age 6 - 12

Age 13 and over

 

Free

$3.00

$5.00

 

Free

$3.00

$5.00

Group Fees

Pre-arranged group of 10 or more

Pre-arranged student group

 

$4.00

Free

 

$4.00

$2.00

Contact

Carlyle House Historic Park
121 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States

T 703-549-2997
E Carlyle@NVRPA.org

Manager: Susan Hellman

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Volunteers

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 carlyle@nvrpa.org

Garden Volunteers

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 carlyle@nvrpa.org

Museum Teachers

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 carlyle@nvrpa.org

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Friends

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

Individual Membership

Family Membership