We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Illuminating experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Freedom House Museum

Freedom House Museum
1315 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
Improve this listing
Ranked #18 of 35 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Attraction details
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Illuminating experience”
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 to be by myself the whole 90 minutes of my visit - large groups may be problematic. The museum brings up often overlooked topics like the story of those who fought for an end to slavery, and the economic facts behind the practice which made it so enduring.

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

7 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Spring, TX
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
32 attraction reviews
Reviews in 69 cities Reviews in 69 cities
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
“Very Educational and Interactive Museum”
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 corrected shortly.

Although this museum is small, we really enjoyed it, and the kids (ages 8-12) really liked it. The Freedom House was a slave trading house at one time, and slaves were held here in the basement. Most of the exhibits are in the basement, and we found them to be very interactive. We really learned alot about slaves and how they were traded, their way of life, and how they were treated.

The museum is free, but depends on and accepts donations to operate. This was a fun and educational experience for all of us, and I would definitely recommend it. Plan on spending about 1-2 hours here.

Was this review helpful? Yes 13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Freedom House Museum also viewed


Been to Freedom House Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Freedom House Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.