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African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation

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87 Reviews

Dellaphine C


I have been to the museum several times and I find the information they impart to be informative and accurate and the staff is friendly and helpful.

John L


So glad I found this. Went once by myself. Then took my wife back to see it.

Amanda R


Cool setup inside and interactive staff. Museum provides great history of African Americans serving in the civil war

Sylvia S


Great information on the civil war you don't usually hear.

Alice M


Great museum I enjoyed my visit.

Anna N


Beautiful site

briana w


Awesome museum!!

Mikia H


I have yet to view all of the exhibits but there are some great artifacts along with well written literature that capture the history. The staff is nice and helpful. I will say that if you are walking the African American History trail in D.C., following the signs and do not know where this museum is it is easy to miss. If you have gone past the CVS on U street or are standing/staring at the soldier memorial U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro stop you have gone too far. You need to turn around, stay in the same side of the metro walking away from the CVS and and make a right in front of U Scoot. The museum will be on you left as you walk down an alley past the iron gate entrance

Tammie M


First time visitor. I must say, I really enjoyed myself! Stop by and learn about the history.



It was awesome and very informative.

Morten A


This part of American history is on display many other places in The Mall e.g. and there is no need to visit this very small museum.

Gabby G


Small museum with lots of history! Our tour guide had all the answers and was very helpful!

Kelly S


What an amazing experience, I learned so much. The best part was this man who shared about his life and stories that went from generation to another in his family. I had tears during his speech, that is how powerful it was ...

Marion C


Best experience I've had in a civil war museum, our guide Markquett is a very bright and passionate young man who uncovered many hidden secrets about African Americans' role is all wars.

Abena B


The African American civil war museum has a lot of information that is not thought in books. It's very informative.



Meaningful history that helps to explain today's realities.

Jonathan W


Amazing. Learn your history. A must see.

Kallisa E


Museum has awesome history and exhibits. The narrator did an excellent job of explaining all of the parts that tied in with all the dates of importance of history that we've been taught bits and pieces of. He tied all of the missing pieces together so all of the war stories makes sense now.

zakina c


I had an exceptional time at the museum, it is always good to know your history!!!Not only is the museum historical but so is the are that it is located in, so make sure to see all you can!!I am happy I was able to visit.

Michel C


Awesome! Learned to so much. Had a great presentation that was so informative. Thank you!

Kevin K


Small place with good environment and very help staff. Across the street from Metro yellow/green routes.

michael w


Lots of info I idea. Great presentation and extremely courteous and helpful staff.

Fiona K


It's hidden in the corner. You have to carefully look for it while you cross the road from the metro. Too much information is given. I recommend going in the morning when you mind is fresh.

Michiel d


Interesting. A hell of a lot quieter as the new museum of Afro American History. Rather small; you can see it in about an hour.

I would give it a 3 1/2 if possible.

Latricia W


I really love the African American Museum oh the things you would see there takes you back in time I'm glad I wasn't in that time zone. Have your walking shoes on because it's a big place and I'll take you all day to see it. Lunch there do it start at the bottom and work your way up to the top



Wonderful experience staff took time to give an impromptu tour. A definite must do and great stand alone or accompaniment to the new National African American History Museum

Sam H


This museum is exceedingly well done. The exhibits are very easy to guide yourself through, and they have great guides. My group was only able to stop for about 30 minutes before we had to head out, but even in that short amount of time, I feel like I learned a lot. I will definitely be going back with more time.

Robert A


A wealth of information and knowledge can be found in this wonderful museum. The staff on hand will talk to you about any of the subjects covered. Parking is difficult to find so plan ahead. There are a small number of parking spots on the 1/2 street behind the building.

Ryan M


This museum is easily one of the best in DC, and that is saying a lot, given the plethora of top flight museums in the area. It is small, but efficient. One can learn a great amount about African American history, not only around the time of the civil war, but the formation of the country. I would recommend this to anyone visiting DC. I know I shall return.

Todd A


They had three guest speakers there discussing issues in relation to black soldiers during the Vietnam War. One presenter read two personal letters from a black union soldier. A nice array of visual aids. Would like them to add more selections of books in their store. Overall was a nice museum

Catrina M


Great place to visit! Hard to get into due to the scheduling tickets on the same day. That's the downside. It's definitely a gamble. Goodluck trying to get in.

Christina W


GO!! If you value REAL history and want to learn some amazing things, check this place out!!

Be prepared, theres a TON of reading but its so very worth it. The staff that was on duty was so incredibly personable and one gentleman even taught my son how to load a musket.

They give kids a passport to get stamped at different places. And this place is off the beaten path a bit which makes it NOT crowded, free parking, and free entry.

By far one of the highlights of my trip!!

Estella C


The most awesome museum ever. Beautiful. Can't see it all in one day. Must make more than one trip.

Dirrick J


Contents of the museum are nice. However it seems like the museum is pushed back into a corner of an alley. Not cool for African Americans who fought to liberate the country from oppression. Even in a monumental state they remained oppressed..sad

Mark H


I have very little complaints. More lockers. That's my complaint. It is a soul stirring experience. They'll tell you you can start where you want, but you need to start below ground with the "history" part. If you're not moved, you might want to check your pulse.

`Abdu'l-Karim E


I loved it as did my students. We took 40 students and they left with books, museum supported Passports to Freedom and lots of answers to their interested questions. Exceptional visit.

Tim W


Text heavy exhibitions, but boy is it all needed and important information. The museum tells a comprehensive story of the black soldier via the black experience at large, including time periods well before and after the Civil War. Staff is A++++. One of the few museums that offer equally compelling experiences for visitors AND DC residents alike.

Talitha H


It was a hidden gem. The staff was very very friendly. The scavenger hunt was a hit with not only the kids but the adults as well. I love the fact they made the meuesms enjoyable for the children. They actually encourage the children to touch and dress in some artifacts. I would recommend this meuesm to others visting the D.C. area. And will be back on a future visit.



What a fantastic and underrated museum! My wife and I walked here from Bloomingdale on a Saturday in March when the weather was nice and we were delighted with our experience. First, there was a great presentation by two Civil War reenactors who walked us through the history of the USCT through the perspective of a soldier from DC staying at Camp Greene (now Roosevelt island). Then as we wandered the interesting exhibits, a museum curator answered questions and went into further detail about exhibits in which we were most interested. Everyone there was very friendly and knowledgeable and you could see that they were passionate about their interest in this period of history. I'd highly recommend visiting this like museum in Vermont Ave that can often be easily overlooked in a city with so much history, art, and other culture concentrated downtown.

Shani M


A lot of history in a relatively small location! The employees were friendly & well researched in OUR history. Hopefully, the people that go will unlearn the lies they've been fed & relearn the true history

Anita R


I came here on a school field trip. The actors playing soldiers are great and good with children. They give an interactive lesson on what life was like for the African American Soldiers. Provided scavenger hunt for the children, then leads them to outdoor memorial ( better to visit when it’s warm out)

Overall great experience.

Brianna H


This museum was a little small for me, but for a small donation, totally worth it. The staff were very helpful, showed us artifacts, and seemed really happy to answer our questions. Definitely recommend.



Awesome place! We are really glad we found this museum. Very informative and a must see if youre in DC.

Kent O


Smaller scale and more intimate than the big Smithsonian museums. Very friendly living actors. Nice scavenger hunt for kids

Joseph/Mitchell F


GO!!! The story told is such an essential and important part of our history. But yet totally forgotten….or hidden.

As others have noted, the staff is amazing. What a passionate and committed group. Thank you.

We recently took a series of trips in the Deep South and Mid-Atlantic, visiting 30 sites related to Slavery, Civil Rights and African American history. This was one of outstanding highlights. And the only one telling this story in such depth.

Again, go and then tell your friends to do the same.

Dan O


This is a small, but comprehensive museum dedicated to the 400k soldiers of African descent who served in the Civil War. Chock full of great info, including an informative 22 minute video. Located in the midst of the U Street Corridor, aka Historic Black Broadway. Worth the visit!

Kimblee R


Highly recommend for the family (not children under 13 it may be overwhelming) Make sure to start at the bottom and work your way up with the tour. Allow yourself an entire day

David W


One of the loveliest and most serendipitous experiences at the Museum of my life. When we walked in, we were asked if we were there for the presentation. It turned out that a research presentation into the family tree associated with a African American Civil War veteran was about to take place. This was one of the most touching and personal experiences I've ever encountered at the Museum, and it only makes me want to return. Thank you so much

Mz. B


I sponsored a few trips thru my employer to this museum. The founder Dr. Frank Smith is delightful to work with. Our employees loved to learn interesting facts about blacks in the military and during times of war. It's a definite must see if your in DC or visiting.

Melissa K


WELL worth the stop. Free African American Civil War museum has African American history from slavery to civil rights and you'll definitely learn some things they don't tell you in history class. Period dress, live musket presentation and our guide knew his facts and history. Everyone should stop by here to know about our nation's history.



Awesome little museum! It's small but very new and clean, packed with a lot of information and some nice artifacts. The people who working were very friendly and seemed knowledged about the information presented.

Ruby W


Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, who took a personal interest in helping my group to understand and appreciate the contributions of AA during the Civil war time.

They have plans to expand in the future which very much needed.

Howard S


Very important part of history needs a better LOCATION AND PUBLICLY....



John W


This Memorial and Museum is dedicated to the over 209,000 Blacks who helped to preserve the Union during the American Civil War. It is a great and informative point of interest.

Roxanne G


I went on the last Saturday of the month and sat in on the discussion that was being held. Very enlightening talk. Next time, I'll view the exhibits.

pamela b


A lot of African American history in a small space, I would recommend leaving a nice donation because they do not charge you.

Kemberli P


It was an amazing experience with a wonderful staff, it was educational and eye opening will definitely recommend people to come and visit.

Luke B


Such a well curated and engaging museum. Excellent photos, placards, narrations and artifacts. The young museum officials are friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. The classroom of kids being marched around the museum by the historian in full military uniform was a highlight of my day! A top museum in DC and of the museums I have visited globally.

Forrest E


Wasn't looking for this museum/learning center when I found it. I was walking around D.C. taking photographs when I saw a memorial for black American soldiers who have passed away in war. I believe it was for soldiers in the Civil War fighting for both sides, the Union and the Confederacy. I looked to the left across the road, and between two townhouses, was a decorative arch, which led into a darkened nook behind the homes. I would've probably missed it had it not been for the arch close to the sidewalk and road. I was expecting a museum when I walked in, but it was more of a learning/education center, with loads of historic information on walls winding around what appeared to be an old school/community center's gym/auditorium.

When I entered, there were very few people in there, and I was greeted by an older gentleman dressed in Civil War era clothing. He greeted me and was very friendly. He was very informed on the subject of the Civil War, African Americans in the civil war, and the abolishment of slavery. He was also well informed on the subject of Abraham Lincoln and his part in the Civil War and the abolishment of slavery. I like to do tours at my own pace to take everything in, but once there was a decent amount of people in the center, the man offered to do a guided tour. I continued to do my own tour, but listened in to what he said to the group, and he was very thought provoking, which is a very good thing for a your guide.

The only reason I don't give this place five stars is because it was a pretty small place situated in an old gym it seems. Although it was an informative and insightful place, it gave me the impression that someone didn't know where to put it, so they found a random room to stick it in. This place, to me, deserves a more finished interior, or bigger and better setting. By the way, I believe they do cultural events there as well, but not completely sure about that.

Christian S


Visited recently for my birthday. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff! Can't wait to go back!

Dillan J


Definitely a place everyone needs to visit holds almost a hidden history of our country find a lot of things you probably never new.

Nelson R


This museum discusses history, trough mostly photos (and photos of art or artifacts). The museum has just a few historical pieces (around 20 including books). I would say that considering that it is free, and you are already in the area, it is ok to drop by for half an hour.

I think that the main "problem" of the museum, is having too little artifacts to "show" the history... And it IS relevant history, and important to learn.

daphne t


Its ok things are cool and they gave as pizza and they are amazing but there are very little information at this musum but its cool

Robin T


I truly enjoyed visiting the African American Civil War Museum and received a very informative history lesson from the Director before I wandered around! There was also an event going on but I was still able to get some great pics!! Will definitely be going back so I can see more!! Great place to visit!! So much HISTORY!!

Basil K


Such a well constructed museum , I had a good field trip experience . I truly think this place very educational . Amazing check it out.

Mary B


This Museum have a lot of valuable information that's not taught in the History books.

Darrin W


Amazing experience. Hard to find at first, but luckily they are expanding to new building across the street. Still, highly recommended for a take on African American history that is too often not told.

Abby B


I attended an event held at the museum, and got a brief tour. I can't wait to go back and spend more time at the museum, to see more of the exhibits.

Maurice M


Had a really great time, very educational, you need two days to go through this Museum.

Alpha i


Small ,historicaly significant place , this was a lovely activity . Benjamen Sands and his band was incredible the poems, the songs it was a lovely day.

Taren P


I have been here twice with my students on field trips. I love the presentation given, the introduction video, and the content in the museum itself. It is small, but filled with information and the staff is so accommodating! We will definitely be back next year!

Rachel J



Tanayshia P


Small but great. The staff was very nice and personable.

Kathryn L.



My first time here!

You have to a double take to find this treasure of a museum as it sits back in the cut across from the U Street Metro & this and 13 more

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