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Freedom House Museum

1315 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3508
+1 703-836-2858
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Building of great historical importance

A small but quite moving museum depicting the realities of slavery before the Civil War, housed in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
D K
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Springfield, Virginia
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If you only go to one museum on your trip to the Northern Virginia, Washington DC area go to this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
DearDona
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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1315 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3508
Old Town
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A small but quite moving museum depicting the realities of slavery before the Civil War, housed in a building that was an actual slave pen and auction house, one of the most prominent of its time. The museum is only two rooms but is packed...More

Thank D K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you only go to one museum on your trip to the Northern Virginia, Washington DC area go to this one. While it is tiny, and tucked away on a side street easy to miss, it is well worth the effort. When you go to...More

Thank DearDona
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Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

This small museum was a little hard to find but I am so glad I didn’t give up on trying. Part of the original slave pen was still there with a few exhibits and stories from slaves. I found it a horrific part of history,...More

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Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

We had troubles finding it. It s very Small and quite far . But very interesting when you want to know about the slaves history.

Thank Catherine T
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

This museum is housed in the basement of a building owned by the Northern Virginia Urban League and it has limited hours. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in the role that Alexandria played in domestic slave trade. The exhibits are very well-presented...More

1  Thank _SLH138_
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This is a small museum with a huge message. It's worth the effort to find this little gem, off the beaten path. The museum offers first-hand accounts of the slave market that was conducted in this building. This is done through a video, interactive slide...More

1  Thank Jeff H
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

Even though this museum has some non-orthodox schedule, I have managed to see it. The place is very small, but it is precious. You get to look at the REAL quarters where the slaves were held and sold. The walls and window grids are original....More

Thank Tony M
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

It is shocking and sobering to find out about the slave trace, right here in Alexandria. Good displays, and a good video.

Thank simivalley1699
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Reviewed 6 May 2017

This obscure building houses a sad devastating history that should be mandatory for all. As I was leaving one of the volunteers asked my reaction. I was so emotional I could not speak.

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Reviewed 23 February 2017 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...More

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franceniab
21 February 2018|
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Response from D K | Reviewed this property |
I would call ahead if you have a group. It’s just two rooms, I did not take a tour.
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