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African Burial Ground National Monument

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Duane and Elk Streets, next to 290 Broadway, New York City, NY
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 July 2014

This museum is in the location of a slave burial ground from the 1700's when lower Manhattan was a very different place. It was discovered when the foundation for a new Federal office tower was started. Thanks to a lot of community involvement a compromise...More

8  Thank nkmiles
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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

When I visited the museum I went through security quite easily, I wanted a Jr Ranger book and there was no ranger at the desk or in the bookstore. I decided to visit the museum after going through the small but well done museum, about...More

3  Thank briardragon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a very enjoyable 1.5 hours in the museum and memorial. It is a national park so free admission and you will need to go through security to enter. The visitor center is fairly small but informative. There is a 20 minute video that...More

Thank jessicafI8999WI
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an important national monument but probably one of the least known in New York, fund during the construction phase of a nearby building this is a Burial Ground of a large number of Slaves. There is a good museum and the monument is...More

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second visit to this museum. This time we had ample time to explore the full inside displays and outside memorial area. It also was an anniversary and there were special music and speakers. We got the see the short (15-20 minute) introductory...More

Thank dese2
Reviewed 6 October 2018

This is a small museum that focuses on just African slaves in New York City, but that is its strength. It was not overwhelming like the Museum of African American History in DC. I have lived in the suburbs of NYC all my life, but...More

Thank c11733
Reviewed 15 September 2018

Taking a tour is free, with security check before entering the museum. Good presentation of the slavey history in the museum, with a good short film offering a clear picture of this history. The monument is outside, beautifully done and it is a great way...More

Thank Abybah
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

The museum itself is very simple but it is informative and gives you an insight of what the burial site was and its importance in the history of New York. Do watch the short movie they show.

2  Thank lmeinking
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I didn't know this existed until recently so it was on my to do list when i visited NY. I first visited the museum which was very informative and moving. I bought a couple of books from the gift shop. As you exit the museum...More

1  Thank London0709
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

We intentionally visited on the last full day of our vacation. We knew there would be a lot to process, but we still were not ready for what we found. The burial ground creates a triangle that runs from Wall Street, to the 911 memorial...More

2  Thank StillLearning2017
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

One of the best kept secrets in New York. About a 3 Minute walk from the Brooklyn Bridge City Hall 4 train stop. Very informative and some really good displays. I believe outside all the scaffols took away from Ancestral Libation Chamber. Must see if...More

1  Thank bhlraven1916
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This National Memorial is tucked amongst the towering buildings of lower Manhattan, and currently covered by protective scaffolding. But do not leave it off your trip list. The memorial's visitor center, in the Federal Building, was so very well done. It really engaged us. And...More

3  Thank Erin B
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