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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 #94 of 253 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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116 reviews 116 reviews
61 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This museum reads like a 6th grade history textbook. Most of the concentration of this museum is on slavery itself and the civil war with only a small section being dedicated to African American troops and even that section lacks much detail. This museum is a lot of reading and the facts stated are obvious. There is very little detail... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

As a novice subway rider, I was glad that the memorial and museum was at the top of the subway station. The museum is well organized and although there is limited space, the staff has developed exhibits for an informative display.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My husband and I could not believe the amount of facts that were contained in this space. We will visit it again to learn more about the contributions made about African Americans. We highly recommend a visit or two!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The museum housed a lot of unknown information not taught in public school. There was a lot to read and alot to absorb in one visit. For those who are visually impaired it would be nice if the establishment offered audio devices. Since the place is small in comparison to other museums in the city , a tour guide is... More

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10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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
72 helpful votes 72 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
124 helpful votes 124 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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