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Anacostia Community Museum

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Address: 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202-357-2700
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A unique museum that develops its exhibits through a community outreach...

A unique museum that develops its exhibits through a community outreach program.

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Devoted to Activism & Urban Communities

Devoted to Activism & Urban Communities One of their present exhibits, "How the Civil War Changed Washington" was fascinating and is available for viewing until November 15... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2015
Adventure Diva
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Manchester, Connecticut

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Arlington, Virginia
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the museum with a "Meet Up" group, and we had our own docent. She did a superb job sharing the events of the 1960s and early 1970s from a first hand perspective. Normally one would read the information, but she brought it alive. The exhibit has audio, video, and other effects that add to the story. I loved the... More 

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Manchester, Connecticut
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196 reviews
62 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Devoted to Activism & Urban Communities One of their present exhibits, "How the Civil War Changed Washington" was fascinating and is available for viewing until November 15. From this exhibit I learned how the war pushed African Americans into the majority and expanded the city's boundaries. Also available for viewing is "The Life & Legacy of the Plummer Family" which... More 

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1 Thank Adventure Diva
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Heard about the museum on a local NPR station that was covering Anacostia. The museum is self-guided. I think I would've had a more enjoyable experience if they had something to make the exhibit more interactive, like an app for the phone. The exhibit covered DC during the Civil War period. A good amount of information but I was left... More 

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DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This museum is rarely visited, which is a shame. I paired this together with a visit to the Frederick Douglas house. The exhibits on DC during slavery and emancipation compliment the Frederick Douglas house very well. The staff at the museum seemed surprised to see us and were very friendly. This museum is not a 'must do' like the American... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

You really have to go hunting for this local museum that is one of 19 Smithsonian museums. My husband found it biking and brought home the excellent brochure for the current exhibit "How the Civil War Changed Washington." So we went back and spent about 1 1/2 hours walking through this small, but well laid out museum. The exhibit is... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a small museum focusing around the African-American community, but the exhibits speak to all Americans. The staff was friendly and informative. If you find yourself with an hour to do something off the beaten track in DC stop by this museum- it wont take long!

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Clearwater, Florida
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Well, we got lost trying to get there ... but it was so worth it! This museum is small compared to others in the Smithsonian system. It is a community museum and certainly has the community feel from the moment you enter. We were greeted upon entering and were told that while there was not a docent available, we should... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I went looking for a piece of the Smithsonian that few have seen. I found it, and understand why. I am not sure what the mission of the museum is (Culture, Nature, Other) and I left thinking that the curators don't either. Overall, the quality of the exhibits was at a level of small city municipal museum. I think that... More 

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This small museum, part of the Smithsonian family, is nestled in The old historic district of D.C. In all the years that we have been traveling to DC, we have never been here. Current exhibit about the reclaiming and revitalization of the Anacostia river....very interesting. Portland could learn a few lessons from this effort. Pluse on the weekends in the... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This museum was transferred from the Anacostia museumand the improvement was dynamic. Whoever designed the placement of exhibits did their history.

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