Alexandria Lyceum Museum

Alexandria , VA


201 S. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA US 22301 (map)




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We loved having our reception at the Lyceum! The historical charm of the building created just the atmosphere we were looking for. We used the downstairs exhibition areas for our cocktail hour--folks thought that was a unique and fun idea since most were from out of town. We also made our grand entrance down the beautiful stairway and had our first dance there on the first floor. The banquet room upstairs isn't huge, but it fit our 65 guests nicely. We had room for a good sized dance space, a buffet, and a DJ discretely in the corner. The rectangular tables that come with the rental saved us money and were more conducive to conversation than round tables would have been. The building was having difficulty with its elevator while we were there which was a pain for our other vendors. They should have that repaired and ready for use. The one thing I would do differently if planning it all over again would be to add a few large potted plants for decor in the upstairs hall. We had a nice sweet-heart table on the stage, but the white wall behind us is really bare-looking in our photos. All-in-all,though, it was a lovely and unique venue for our reception. I'm glad we chose it!
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We choose the Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria because of convenience and the historical charm of the building. We wanted to avoid a typical hotel ballroom reception. The Lyceum's upstairs room can be small and would be recommended for guests of 100 or less. There is a stage and a grand piano that can be used. There is room for a dance floor to be put down, but if you are having a large number of guest, it will need to be small. We decided to just have space for dancing, without a designated dance floor, and a pianist to play throughout the ceremony. There are beautiful column out front and on the side of the building which made for very nice pictures. Also, there is a gorgeous huge staircase leading upstairs that can be decorated and was also a great place for a large group shot.

Overall, for an afternoon reception the Lyceum was nice, but I would not recommend the venue for a night event. I would suggest using it if you want a classy or more low-key reception. There is not much room for dancing, nor a place for a DJ.

The coordinator is helpful, but can be hard to get in touch with. They are very flexible in terms of setting up the room. Yet, since storage space is limited, you need to use most chairs (around 80). We put some around the room and then at the tables. We also had tall standing cocktail tables since we had more guests than table room.

All in all, it worked out to be a fine venue in the end.
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