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 Apr 2, 2020 at 2:25 PM

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.

Virtual Tour

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


This year for Alexandria’s Giving Day (April 15, 2020), the staff of the Historic Alexandria Museums is raising money to support the preservation of the Freedom House Museum. This National Historic Landmark, located at 1315 Duke Street, was "ground zero" for the domestic slave in the Chesapeake region. Since so many sites related to the domestic slave trade no longer exist, it is imperative that we save this most important artifact - the building itself! Please make your donations on the Team Freedom House page. 


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.


In compliance with the governor’s Stay-at-Home order, the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) sites are closed and public programs are cancelled through June 10. Refer to the Calendar for the status of Commission and other departmental associated meetings.


Miss visiting your favorite Historic Alexandria sites? Looking for some fun historic activities to share with your kids at home? Let our staff bring history virtually to you!  


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. 


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.


Help is currently needed with visitor services. Fill out the volunteer application, selecting the second activity, "Give tours of the Black History Museum, Freedom House Museum and African American Heritage Park."  

Museum Hours

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. 
Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Check this page for any changes in the weekly schedule.
See the Calendar for special programs and tours. 

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.