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Freedom House Museum

1315 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
703-836-2858
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Ranked #19 of 33 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: Museums
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Bridgeport, CT
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204 reviews 204 reviews
33 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A part of our history that is not pretty, but certainly an inspiring story of triumph in spite of the hardships and cruelty. Anyone visiting the area should make it a point to stop here.

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indianapolis
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Easy to miss, as there is little signage, but this is a very enlightening way to spend an hour or so. You will be "buzzed in" the front door, greeted by an Urban League employee, and then you may proceed downstairs for the self guided tour. Relax and take time to experience the messages. The clothing, window bars, brick walls... More

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Endwell, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Located on Duke Street sits an unassuming 3 story home that served as a holding area for slaves who were bought, sold and traded on the open market. Technically this historic home is free, but donations are encouraged. Visitors can view video presentations. look at the clothes of slaves, observe the original bars that are still in place and even... More

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Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Located in the basement of what is touted to have been the largest slave traders' base, this beginning of a museum is worth the stop. If you read all the materials and watch the videos you might spend an hour here. Be sure to leave a donation (there is no entrance fee) to help the Urban League continue to preserve... More

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Seattle
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The story of slavery in the U.S. is long and tragic, almost too much to comprehend, but this museum focuses on how it unfolded in Virginia, thereby making it more specific and more devastating. Using narration on film, 3-D displays, artefacts, and analytical graphs and charts, the museum appeals to diverse learning styles. It's small, and I was lucky enough... More

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Spring, TX
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143 reviews 143 reviews
30 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

While spending the day in Old Town Alexandria, we stopped in at this small museum, which is located just a few blocks off King St. The museum is fairly new, and is not well marked outside of the historic building, so be sure not to miss it. They were working on getting a sign up, so that problem should be... More

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