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African American Civil War Memorial & Museum

1925 Vermont, Ave, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Upper Northwest)
202-667-2667
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Ranked #106 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial was created to tell the story and pay tribute to African-Americans who fought in the Civil War.
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

When I was there, there was a talk given by one of the curators. Oh, how animated he is and gave a lively talk. The area is small but filled with interesting pictures, stories & items. I really enjoyed visiting it. It's just across the street from the northern U Street Metro Station. The African American Civil War Statue is... More

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Midland City, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We made the trip up to U Street to see the memorial & then eat at Ben's Chili Bowl. Ben's was a bust as they only accepted cash sadly to say. The memorial is discrete, but further shows how much true & important detail is omitted from our hiSTORYs. This aspect though is just as important as any relative to... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Small museum but left filled with pride and feelings of anger about how much is left out of the history books regarding the participation in the war by African Americans. The entry to the museum is free and the memorial is across the street. The memorial is essentially 3 sided with different scenes depicted on each side. Truly a unique... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,394 reviews 1,394 reviews
702 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is a small but very interesting museum about African American participation in the civil war. We went here as part of a walking tour about the U Street and African American heritage. We were received by the creator and director of the museum that gave us some details about African Americans in the Civil War and about Lincoln affection... More

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Pleasanton, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you are into genealogy like I am, than this is a great little museum and monument. I made the trip to the monument specifically to take pictures for a friend, whose 3rd great grandfather and uncle's names are engraved on the monument plaques. (To see if your African American ancestor fought in the Civil War you may search the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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124 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Very nicely presented exhibits, convenient closing at 630PM most days, only steps from U Street Metro Station. A historian was giving an extended talk on achievements of Af-American Union soldiers, quite fascinating, so check in advance to time your visit for one of these presentations.

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korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The museum focuses on the Civil War but starts with the beginning of slavery in the New World and goes until the Civil Rights movement. Although there are some artifacts, pictures, and videos, most of the museum is reading. I found some interesting things. I would recommend it, but only if you've seen most of the other museums in D.C.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

After taking a long metro ride and then following an incorrect address, we finally located the Memorial and it was closed for construction. It was very disappointing, so hopefully it will be open on my next visit to Washington, D.C.

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Redondo Beach, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

The museum is small but houses a wealth of information. I am a sponge when it comes to learning and absorbing anything relaing to American History and this museum was the perfect place for me. Please visit the museum which is easily accessible by subway.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

They had a historian who gave a presentation before your toured the museum. This made it much easier to understand what you were about to see. It was very informative and educational. Highly recommend that children as well as young adults visit to help keep history alive.

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