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African American Civil War Museum
African American Civil War Museum

African American Civil War Museum

Free admission
1200 U Street NW, at Vermont Avenue, Washington D.C., 20009

The Basics

Among the city’s most significant museums and memorials located beyond the Mall, the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial is located in U Street, a neighborhood that's long been a nexus of black culture and history. Walk the space to view its permanent collection of uniforms, photographs, and other mementos that documents the troop's largely untold story.

You can visit the African American Civil War Museum as part of many tour itineraries, including neighborhood explorations of U Street, customized private tours, and African-American history tours. You can also visit independently.

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African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
star-4.5
$89.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth the $$
What am amazing experience. Our tour guide Dre was engaging from start to finish. We took the tour during MLK Weekend and the weather was BRUTAL. Even w/the frigid air we still had a great time. Our AA museum tour was scheduled to start from 1pm but the museum decided to close early (2pm) due to a snowstorm. Not only did the tour company ensure we were able to get in the next day (MLK Day) but they also allowed the tkt to be used until end of yr if we couldn’t make it. Overall great experience and would recommend!
Laser_B, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Awesome Tour
Timothy_L, Sep 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Entire tour and guide. Driver was very safety conscious. Would recommend this to anyone that want to learn African American history
star-5
An amazing, eye opening, learning experience
Michael_M, Jan 2022
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Dre was an amazing and charming tour guide! He had us laughing but also shared SO much important information that most Americans never learn. He has inspired me to continue the learning and bring back the things I have learned to my second grade classroom. Thank you Dre for taking us on your tour of DC, I will definitely recommend to friends!!
star-5
I was pleased with the...
Yolanda_M, Jan 2022
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
I was pleased with the knowledge of our tour guide. He was pleasant and well versed on the life and culture of the area. I will definitely recommend this tour to others. Thank for a wonderful experience!!!
star-5
The Experience
Samone_D, Dec 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
The exhibits and videos were heartfelt , emotional 😭 and enlightening, going to visit again and bring family
star-5
Book nobody else but Kenny!!
Lydia_T, Dec 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Kenny was a fantastic guide. He really knows his history and we immediately fell into an interesting conversation about different historical tidbits between the three of us. You’ll feel as if you’re on an excursion with an old friend. We highly recommend him
star-5
Great Tour!
Debra_W, Jan 2022
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Dre was a great tour guide. The museum was exquisite. It was a walk through history from the beginning.
star-5
Girlfriend's D.C. Day Trip
Elvire_B, Dec 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Our tour guide, Dre, is awesome! He is very knowledgeable and did an excellent job keeping everyone engaged! We rode in dtyle! Definitely worth the money!!!
star-5
Neighborhood walk with full of hidden gems
Rahshonda_K, Nov 2021
2-Hour African American Heritage Tour in Washington DC
We loved this tour. It went into more detail of the neighborhoods and we loved the HU walk on the yard. The guide was knowledgeable and you could tell he loves the city and neighborhood. I highly recommend.
star-5
Enlightening Tour
Denise_T, Dec 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Our host was awesome. He had great knowledge of African-American and DC history. We had one hiccup with a stop but he made sure we returned later to get the full experience.
star-5
Best night tour ever!!!!!
Vincent_W, Oct 2021
2-Hour African American Heritage Tour in Washington DC
AWESOME!!!!!! Our tour guide Nore was fantastic!!!!!. Please take this tour, you will not regret one bit
star-5
Dre was great. He was...
Carla_D, Dec 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Dre was great. He was very knowledgeable and answered our many questions regarding the monuments from an African American perspective. We really enjoyed the tour.
star-5
Excellent
Ceasar_M, Nov 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
It was a very cold morning. Bus showed up a few minutes early giving us done shelter from the cold wind. Tour guide has Deep knowledge of the history and was very engaging.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the museum is free for all visitors.

  • Photography is permitted in the museum, though flash photography is not allowed.

  • No food or drink is allowed inside the museum, and there are no on-site eateries. The neighborhood has many restaurants, including the landmarked Ben's Chili Bowl.

  • Shop the small on-site gift shop.

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How to Get There

The African American Civil War Museum is on Vermont Avenue in the city’s U Street neighborhood. To reach the landmark via public transportation, take the Yellow and Green Metro lines to U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo station. From the station it's a 5-minute walk. The museum is also served by a number of bus lines and can be reached by car, bike, or on foot.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily, on weekdays and Saturdays from midmorning to midafternoon and on Sunday in the afternoon only. The standalone memorial is located outdoors and can be visited 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The African-American Civil War Memorial

Operated by the National Park Service and designed by Ed Hamilton, the African American Civil War Memorial is located just adjacent to the African American Civil War Museum. A striking outdoor sculpture and place of remembrance, the moving landmark is dedicated to the more than 200,000 black soldiers who fought for the Union, and is the first such monument of its kind.

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