Freedom House Museum

The Freedom House Museum was once part of the headquarters for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States, Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.

Page updated on Nov 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Freedom House Museum

1315 Duke Street

Freedom House exterior (credit, R Kennedy for Visit Alexandria)The Freedom House Museum was once part of the headquarters for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States, Franklin and Armfield. Enslaved people were brought from the Chesapeake Bay area and forced to the slave markets in Natchez, Mississippi and New Orleans either by foot or ship. 

We invite you to visit the museum in this historic reminder of slavery.

Closures

The museum is closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. 

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines  

The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them through the remainder of 2020 based on available staffing levels and as the region moves through Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia plan. Includes guidelines for guided tours, volunteers, rentals, public programs and events, and on-site research and collections use by the public.

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines


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Virtual Tour

Visit the Freedom House Museum on a Google 360   Virtual Tour, courtesy of Virginia Humanities.


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Museums are beginning to reopen in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. The Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum and Gadsby's Tavern Museum are now open. Public programs are cancelled until further notice. Refer to the Calendar for the status of Commission and other departmental associated meetings. For additional information about the City of Alexandria’s actions, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.


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Historic Alexandria is honored to have been accepted as a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The Coalition has more than 300 members in 65 countries and works to connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights.


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The Franklin and Armfield Slave Pen at 1315 Duke Street was one of the largest slave trading companies in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 


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 Support the preservation and interpretation of Freedom House. Donations designated for Freedom House will be accepted by ACT for Alexandria


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See news articles from 2018 to present. The City purchased the property in 2020, in order to preserve and interpret this National Historic Landmark and ensure it is open to the public for future generations.


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Freedom House Museum was awarded a $5,000 grant that will go toward digitizing about 151 folders of archival materials. The Office of Historic Alexandria has a new digital scanner to use for this purpose.


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On March 25, the City of Alexandria completed the purchase of the Freedom House Museum from the Northern Virginia Urban League (NVUL). This purchase will allow the City to preserve and interpret this National Historic Landmark and ensure it is open to the public for future generations.


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Admission is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Plan at least 45 minutes for your visit. The museum is recommended for ages 8+. Please note that the majority of the exhibit is down a flight of stairs in the basement of this historic building. See location, hours, directions, and everything you need to know for your visit.


Museum Hours

Note: the museums and offices are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice.    

Closed
New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

Contact the Museum

Telephone 703.746.4702 

Event Tickets

To purchase tickets to events at the Freedom House Museum, and to shop online, visit  The Alexandria Shop.  


 




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