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 National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.)
Once I had taken the pictures I went across the street to the museum. It is like other reviewers have stated: small with a lot of pictures with captions. I thought that the museum was well laid out. The main focus is on the Civil War, but in order to understand the War one must learn the history of slavery in North America. And that is what the museum does. You start at the beginning of slavery in what is now the USA, and end with a picture of President Obama and family.
There is no fee to enter the museum, and is steps from the Shaw Metro stop. Plan to spend 45 minutes - 1 hour. If you want to take pictures best to go when there is no rain. This museum is a must do for anyone interested in history, or genealogy.
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