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“Illuminating experience”

Freedom House Museum
Ranked #35 of 88 things to do in Alexandria
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Boise, Idaho
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60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Illuminating experience”
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
4 Thank Laura R
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Spring, TX
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209 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
“Very Educational and Interactive Museum”
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.

15 Thank Tessa C
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