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Freedom House Museum

Neighbourhood: Old Town
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Address: 1315 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3508
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Wonderful small museum

This is a fine alternative or addition to visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The NMAAHC is a very tough ticket right now so if you're near... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
kamikaze316
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Crescent City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fine alternative or addition to visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The NMAAHC is a very tough ticket right now so if you're near Alexandria, stop by the Freedom House. It's a small and intimate look into the slave trade in the 19th century. The staff member was a very cordial lady who... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The absolute horror and human injustice of slavery is well presented in this small museum. In order to really get a sense of how Old Town was built (slave labor and money from the slave trade), every visitor should come here while visiting the other Old Town museums. The entrance logistics are a bit quirky, however, as the museum is... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Although small, there is a lot packed in and it is well designed with interactive exhibits, videos, etc. Never boring.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to this museum which originally was the largest slave trade business here in Alexandria. It was the business highlighted in the movie 12 Years a Slave.

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Thank John P
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

The Museum is open dailey 10:00 am - 3:00 p.m. or by appointement. Call 703-836-2858 and speak with Ms. Vickey King. The tour is self-guided and the basement is actually where slaves were held. An amazing experience for the entire family.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

Still closed for renovations, and the woman I spoke with said she doesn't have a projected completion date. I hope it reopens because I'd loke to learn more about the history! I heard this was the holding pen for the real freeman in 12 Years a Slave.

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2 Thank QuickWhitTravel
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2015

A water pipe broke so it is closed temporarily. Call aead. The museums artifacs were not damaged. It is located in the building where the offices for the Urban League are on the first floor.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014

I had a friend visiting who had read about this very small and free museum about the slave trade in Alexandria. It is very well done and parking is easy once you locate it. It is in the basement of an office building in an old town house.

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Bridgeport, CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

A part of our history that is not pretty, but certainly an inspiring story of triumph in spite of the hardships and cruelty. Anyone visiting the area should make it a point to stop here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Easy to miss, as there is little signage, but this is a very enlightening way to spend an hour or so. You will be "buzzed in" the front door, greeted by an Urban League employee, and then you may proceed downstairs for the self guided tour. Relax and take time to experience the messages. The clothing, window bars, brick walls... More 

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