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Address: 1734 20th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1105
Phone Number: 202-730-9308
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Established in 2008 and relocated in 2011, our museum’s mission is to...

Established in 2008 and relocated in 2011, our museum’s mission is to document and expose the Laogai, China’s vast, brutal and lucrative system of forced-labor prison camps. Its Party documents, prison artifacts, and video interviews preserve the memory of the Laogai’s victims and educate about the Chinese Communist government’s ongoing abuse of its own people. Free entry, self-guided tours, and bilingual signage make it ideal for DC residents and foreign and American visitors alike.

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Small and Informative Museum

This was a very interesting inside look at some questionable/disturbing things happening over the past century and continuing today. This is reminiscent of other museums I've... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This was a very interesting inside look at some questionable/disturbing things happening over the past century and continuing today. This is reminiscent of other museums I've been to where the survivors were trying to document the horrors of a regime, such as Tuol Sleng in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the Terror Háza Múzeum in Budapest, Hungary. I can't say it's... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The Laogai Museum is one of those hidden gems - a small museum that lasers in on a neglected, yet critical and controversial topic - which abound in Washington, D.C., if you look hard enough. The Museum's purpose is unabashedly political. The entire museum is a polemic against China's "Laogai" system of forced labor prison camps. Laogai means "Reform Through... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

This museum is a small museum with informative displays and artifacts. It gives you an insight into the forced labor camps in China without overwhelming you. This museum will leaving you thinking about this situation long after you leave. Since its small, I'd suggest combining it with a visit to the Phillips Collection a short walk away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a small museum a few metro stops from the big museums. There are informative displays and artifacts that will make you think long after your visit. It was definitely worth the trip. Free entrance with donations accepted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

I had no idea this place existed until I saw an ad in the tourist map from the hotel. The museum is very closed to Dupont Circle Metro stop. The exhibit are in both Chinese and English. Harry Wu, a dissident and former political prisoner set up the Laogai Museum to spread the word about China's "Laogai" forced labor prison... More 

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