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Must know our past

Friendly, knowledgeable staff are very helpful. Hours are limited but they are trying to expand... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2018
Gyor, Hungary
Building of great historical importance

A small but quite moving museum depicting the realities of slavery before the Civil War, housed in... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
Springfield, Virginia
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1315 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3508
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+1 703-836-2858
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

We were hoping to visit this museum. Went to the address, read a sign about slavery, but never did find the museum. Later found out that it is the basement of the building with very limited hours. They could really use better signage posting their...More

1  Thank Linda H
Reviewed 27 March 2018

Friendly, knowledgeable staff are very helpful. Hours are limited but they are trying to expand, so check the website for current days and times. Nice use of video, although the voices of enslaved people were a bit distracting when I was attending to other parts...More

1  Thank hapsburgqueen
Reviewed 11 February 2018

A small but quite moving museum depicting the realities of slavery before the Civil War, housed in a building that was an actual slave pen and auction house, one of the most prominent of its time. The museum is only two rooms but is packed...More

1  Thank D K
Reviewed 21 January 2018

If you only go to one museum on your trip to the Northern Virginia, Washington DC area go to this one. While it is tiny, and tucked away on a side street easy to miss, it is well worth the effort. When you go to...More

1  Thank DearDona
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

This small museum was a little hard to find but I am so glad I didn’t give up on trying. Part of the original slave pen was still there with a few exhibits and stories from slaves. I found it a horrific part of history,...More

1  Thank Whiterabbit9
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

We had troubles finding it. It s very Small and quite far . But very interesting when you want to know about the slaves history.

Thank Catherine T
Reviewed 18 August 2017

This museum is housed in the basement of a building owned by the Northern Virginia Urban League and it has limited hours. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in the role that Alexandria played in domestic slave trade. The exhibits are very well-presented...More

1  Thank _SLH138_
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

This is a small museum with a huge message. It's worth the effort to find this little gem, off the beaten path. The museum offers first-hand accounts of the slave market that was conducted in this building. This is done through a video, interactive slide...More

1  Thank Jeff H
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Even though this museum has some non-orthodox schedule, I have managed to see it. The place is very small, but it is precious. You get to look at the REAL quarters where the slaves were held and sold. The walls and window grids are original....More

Thank Tony M
Reviewed 2 June 2017

It is shocking and sobering to find out about the slave trace, right here in Alexandria. Good displays, and a good video.

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22 February 2018|
Response from D K | Reviewed this property |
I would call ahead if you have a group. It’s just two rooms, I did not take a tour.