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African American Civil War Memorial & Museum

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Address: 1925 Vermont, Ave, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Phone Number: 202-667-2667
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial was created to tell the...

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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North of downtown Washington (U Street stop on Metro), the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum provides a vivid reminder of the horrors of the war that split America. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
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Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, VA
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1,152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 409 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

North of downtown Washington (U Street stop on Metro), the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum provides a vivid reminder of the horrors of the war that split America. It brings to life the courage of those who fought for both the Union and for the end of slavery. The museum documents the contributions of African Americans to the... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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114 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

It's unfortunate that this amazing museum is tucked away far from the traditional grand museums and memorials of Washington, D.C. It is, however, appropriately located in the Grimke Building, named for Archibald Grimke, a former slave, who was the second African American to graduate from Harvard Law School. The museum features a wide array of exhibits depicting the lives, hardships... More 

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Washington
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This museum tells the story of African American participation in the U.S. Civil War, especially black troops who fought in the Union Army. Through video, artifacts and descriptive captions, lectures and other programs you will learn about this hidden chapter of American history. There are occasionally reenactors to give vivid testimony. I think this museum is unique and eye-opening.

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New York, New York, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

As a history buff this memorial located in the U Corridor of Washington DC is different in the sense that it is right as you come out of the Metro station U Street in a plaza. Surrounded by some interesting cafes and restaurants including across the street a local favorite, Ooohs and Ahs Soul Food. The Memorial is beautiful and... More 

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1 Thank Geoffrey A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,209 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a mice memorial to the African Americans who died in the Civil War. It's up on U Street, so not walking distance from downtown, but right next to the U Street Metro stop!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

We had stopped at the memorial before, but never had visited the museum until a recent trip to DC. We were pleased by the amount of information shared in such a small place! Quite informative and moving. There were several videos playing throughout the displays but it wasn't convenient to take in more than a few minutes of each because... More 

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Right outside the U/12th Street Metro is the memorial. Less than a block away is the museum. It does not really stand out and you need to walk though like an alley or something to get to the entrance. Set up in chronological order, it shows the history of African Americans back to the time when they first came to... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Worth the time to travel up here. A very well laid out museum, many things to read. Very informative. Loved all the actual artifacts from the Civil War.

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Germantown, Maryland
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Great great great!! Didn't know it existed.. Great location.. Ppl were dressed up in uniforms of the civil war. Exhibits were so informative.

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Thank Renee L
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

There is a lot of reading history from slavery in the states to the civil war and some on the civil rights movement. If you have small children some of the information may be disturbing. Also check in at the information desk and ask for the activity sheet for kids. This will make it more interesting. Just a few artifacts,... More 

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