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African American Civil War Memorial & Museum

Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
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Address: 1925 Vermont, Ave, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Phone Number: +1 202-667-2667
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial was created to tell the...

The African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial was created to tell the story and pay tribute to African-Americans who fought in the Civil War.

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A must when in DC. We were able to get same day tix standing in line. They gave out 300. Don't know if that's usual. Our times were for 3:00 pm, but we were able to get in at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must when in DC. We were able to get same day tix standing in line. They gave out 300. Don't know if that's usual. Our times were for 3:00 pm, but we were able to get in at 2:15. Don't know if that's usual either. Museum closes at 5:00, so we were only able to cover 1 1/4 out... More 

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Thank Sherry S
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The museum does a great job of presenting the role of African Americans in the Civil War and the memorial is good. The museum is well curated, accessible and well laid out. It provides information and an overview of a history that to some extent has been neglected in the past.

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Thank mark f
Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

This small but information-packed museum will appeal to anyone with an interest in Black history or in U.S. Civil War history. Exhibits and artifacts. Free. A little off the beaten path but worth the time.

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NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

we really enjoyed the African American Memorial. recommended. whilst there are so many memorials to visit, this one and other non major ones, are well worth the effort to visit.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

The role of African Americans in the Civil War has been minimally covered. The Memorial has a wall behind it engraved with the name of the African Americans who fought in the war. The memorial statue stands across the street from the museum. Entry fee is by donation. When I was there, a very informed young man was dressed in... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

We visited this museum in early March 2016. Though the museum is relatively small, it contains some very well thought out display boards and artefacts relating to black American contributions to the Civil War. Our tour guide (if I remember rightly his name was James) really made the visit. He was enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable about black American history, and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This is a relatively tiny museum but the displays are powerful and well thought out. The staff are very knowledgeable and accessible. The museum tells an important story about African American contributions to the American experience -- going beyond the Civil War. Found a place to park on the street, but if you go really early, the museum has a... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

The monument was wonderful but the Museum looked a bit sad. I think it was temporary accommodation and it was obvious that they were struggling a bit. A pity because I made a valient effort to visit on the Metro and find my way there. There is a noble story to be told and it deserves better.

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

North of downtown Washington (U Street stop on Metro), the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum provides a vivid reminder of the horrors of the war that split America. It brings to life the courage of those who fought for both the Union and for the end of slavery. The museum documents the contributions of African Americans to the... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

It's unfortunate that this amazing museum is tucked away far from the traditional grand museums and memorials of Washington, D.C. It is, however, appropriately located in the Grimke Building, named for Archibald Grimke, a former slave, who was the second African American to graduate from Harvard Law School. The museum features a wide array of exhibits depicting the lives, hardships... More 

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