Plan Your Visit to Freedom House Museum

The building, located at 1315 Duke Street, was once part of the headquarters for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States. From 1828 to 1861, five successive firms forced as many as 50,000 enslaved adults and children from the Chesapeake Bay area to the slave markets in Natchez, Miss., and New Orleans by foot or ship.

Page updated on Aug 14, 2020 at 11:22 AM


1315 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.746.4702 

Museum Hours

Note: the museums and offices are 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


Admission is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


Please note that the majority of the exhibit is down a flight of stairs in the basement of this historic building. 

About Your Visit

Admission includes a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm 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.

  • Plan at least 45 minutes for your visit.
  • The museum is recommended for ages 8+.

Group Tours

Tours for seven or more should contact 703.746.4736 at least one week in advance to arrange a time to visit. Groups are typically scheduled to visit before or after public hours.

Virtual Tour

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

Directions and Parking

The museum is located in Old Town Alexandria, near many shops, restaurants, and other museums and historic sites. Alexandria is half-way between Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon. 

From Washington, D.C., and National Airport 
Take the George Washington Parkway south, past the airport, into Alexandria. The Parkway becomes Washington Street in the City. Turn right on Duke Street (about one mile) and drive six blocks. The museum is on your right, after S. Payne Street.

From I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway)
Take the US Route 1 North exit (first exit on the Virginia side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge). Follow Route 1 (Patrick Street) about one mile. Turn left on Duke Street and drive three blocks. The museum is on your right, after S. Payne Street.

By Metro 
Take the yellow or blue line to King Street station. Walk down King Street  and turn right on S. West Street. Walk two blocks and turn left on Duke Street. The museum will be on your left. 

By Train
Take Amtrak or Virginia Railway Express to Alexandria's Union Station (across the tracks from King Street Metro station). Upon exiting the train station, walk to your right to King Street and follow directions from Metro.