We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
Review Highlights
Well worth the time and effort

The tours of the home are limited to 10 people, which really make this a valuable and intimate... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2016
Brunswick, Maryland
via mobile
Living history ... come and see for yourself!

Fantastic historical treasure from an important member of our collective history. The museum is... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Read all 130 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving his legacy of work on behalf of African Americans.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cedar hill” (16 reviews)
“house tour” (11 reviews)
“his life” (16 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
Write a Review
Reviews (130)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

31 - 40 of 130 reviews

Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

The tours of the home are limited to 10 people, which really make this a valuable and intimate experience. The large home is very well preserved, with Douglass' second wife beginning preservation while she was still alive. The NPS guide was knowledgable and interested in...More

Thank Johnfriction
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Fantastic historical treasure from an important member of our collective history. The museum is best reached by car- although there are shuttles from the metro and to/from other museums. Make a reservation in advance (free) so that you can tour the house as only 15-30...More

2  Thank EspaBets
Reviewed 23 June 2016

You will learn so much about Mr. Douglass’ life and his place in history at this National Historic Site. His family was determined that this house was to be preserved exactly as it is since they recognized its importance, and that makes for such an...More

Thank LoneStarTrippin
Reviewed 12 June 2016

This was the highlight of our short week-long DC tour. The house is very well preserved and we could tell the NPS does its best to keep it up. One note, the visitors center restrooms were out of order. The NPS needs to address this...More

Thank DaveDC123
Reviewed 12 June 2016

I took a tour of the Frederick Douglass historic site and it was interesting and educational. I learned a lot. There was a gift shop there, too.

Thank Fal L
Reviewed 3 June 2016

I was familiar with his writings but enjoyed seeing more about what he thought about (his library, his choice of photos and paintings) and how he lived. Fascinating house and what hard work Mrs. Douglass had (washboard, wringer and 5 kids), wood stove etc.

Thank Renee002
Reviewed 30 May 2016

It was fascinating to visit his house and to see this great man's belongings. You felt as if you were intruding into his life. But then you also learned a lot of how he lived. A well done exhibit.

Thank Charmaine J
Reviewed 19 May 2016

I did not know a whole lot about Frederick Douglas before I visited his home. With that said, I enjoyed the short tour of this historic site very much. It was definitely more interesting than staying at home and watching a documentary about his life....More

1  Thank Ayjay W
Reviewed 27 April 2016

I've been reading on Douglass the last few months and took advantage of an opportunity to visit his home outside of Washington DC. The rangers on site were wonderful and answered all my questions. And I had a lot of questions. The tour will cover...More

1  Thank sdf66
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Visitor center with house tour. Call to make house tour reservations as they only do small (12 or less) in a group at a time. The guided tour and the visitors center complement each other nicely. Almost an hour for the house tour and the...More

1  Thank Scott W
Nearby Restaurants
Osteria Morini
213 reviews
1.79 km away
Whaley's Raw Bar and Seafood Hall
33 reviews
1.81 km away
Agua 301
113 reviews
1.80 km away
Mamas Kitchen
7 reviews
.44 km away
Nearby Attractions
Nationals Park
1,200 reviews
2.21 km away
Marine Barracks Washington, 8th and I
86 reviews
2.01 km away
National Museum of the United States Navy
94 reviews
1.51 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Rachel T
Why was this memorial created?
4 June 2015|
Response from Cdnew1980 |
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and rose to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. He was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
Rachel T
Who created this memorial and why? Is there a significance to this location on why the house is built here?
2 June 2015|
Response from Timothy R | Reviewed this property |
The memorial is based in the house Mr. Douglass bought when he was working in DC, so is there because of the house.