African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The area
Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall • 3 min walk
  • City Hall • 4 min walk
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  • knowsnyc
    520 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    I had never been here. We signed up online for a three part tour of museum, art and monument for $3. Very close to Brooklyn Bridge stop on the 4,5,6 trains. Plenty of places to eat.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Farwriter
    London, United Kingdom134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving and significant
    The monument itself is a beautiful marble circle and I found it very moving to read the engraved details of some of the people buried there, discovered in a mass grave during construction work in the 1990s. Around the corner is a small free museum with more information about the burial site and about slavery in general. Very powerful.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 February 2024
  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,724 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Good Start...
    We accidentally went on a tour, but the information shared was definitely appreciated. The space is small. Really one main room with a couple of side spaces. The narrative is one that attempts to bring to light New York City and the slave trade in America through the lens of the African Burial Grounds. It’s a solid attempt, but New York could definitely do more. Still worth going.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2024
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Gwen Holly
Sioux Falls, SD285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
I came across this monument when I had one day to explore NYC and decided to walk and wander. It was a welcome surprise. Take the time to read the signs. They really make the visit impactful. I didn't have the time available to tour the interior museum but it's on my must do list if I return for another visit. This place doesn't find itself on many NYC must see itineraries and that's a shame. It deserves to be there.
Written 30 April 2022
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Only1CochiseBrown
Tampa, FL525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
All cultures can learn from our history and this discovery is how my wife and I chose to spend our New Year’s Eve. The museum was very informative and the park Rangers very helpful. I highly recommend an hour or two to visit this museum and monument. A very humbling experience.
Written 31 December 2021
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Mel L
London, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Highly recommended if you are interested in historical information about African American. The tour was 90 minutes long, but it has covered in-depth details about the archeological found of hundreds of African American human remains in Manhattan in 1993. This tour and visitor center were fully documented about the establishment and the fight for this forgotten history to be memorized. Moreover, the found was detailed described about how enslavers remained their culture when memorized their loved ones. It was a wonderful tour and it has some healing power when understanding the history of the culture in the US.
Written 17 August 2022
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dilion74
Toronto, Canada56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
I saw this tour while looking at a map of lower Manhattan. I dug further into this and booked a tour (only $3.00 for 3 people). This is such an important piece of history and the fact that it’s not advertised more is a shame. The guide/Ranger was very thoughtful and spoke with understanding, we were very happy that we could share this experience and felt this should be talked about more!
Written 4 September 2022
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Shay M
Gulfport, MS85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This placed is closed due to the pandemic. It was not listed as closed online it cost us an Uber trip for nothing. If you walk around back you can take some pictures and actually see monument and graves.
Written 23 June 2021
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nkmiles
Winter Park, FL35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
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 was reached and a museum was assembled telling the story of the slaves and their burial ground and the office tower was built over it with a memorial holding the remains of the slaves right next to it. It is part of the US Park Service and is free to enter. Because it is in a federal building with active offices you do have to go through TSA like security- the only negative to the experience but it IS worth it.
Written 23 July 2014
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bhlraven1916
Atlanta, GA1,481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
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 you're visiting NYC.
Written 28 June 2018
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kleic
San Antonio, TX1,075 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
It's hard to imagine that this fairly nondescript part of lower Manhattan just north of City Hall was 300 years ago north of the city's outer limits and used for burials of the city's enslaved population of Africans and African descendants. And yet that's what was discovered 25 years ago when construction began on a new federal building. Indeed, that's what poet Maya Angelou refers to when she wrote "You may bury me in the bottom of Manhattan. I will rise." The story of how it went from that discovery to a small National Park is a story of political activism and a the hard work of a lot of people. You can learn about that and about what life was like in 17th and early 18th century New York generally and for enslaved people specifically by watching the short movie and looking at the displays in the Visitors' Center. Definitely a part of the story of New York that isn't told in most of the histories. Be sure to also visit the outdoor memorial around the corner off Duane Street.
Written 18 October 2014
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Diana Zh
Atyrau, Kazakhstan154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
The memorial itself is important. Apparently, it is the biggest archaeological find in 20th century a North America. What is also worth noting is how there was even a memorial established. I recommend stopping by if you are in the area. It is small, yet simple but significant. I took a photo to post here, too.
Written 20 July 2014
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William Parker
New York City, NY38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
When visiting New York City, there are very few historical monuments and museums to experience that are interesting, interactive, and eye opening, and The African Burial Ground National Monument is one of them.

From its 20 minute film that will set the scene, to its many audio ventures, there is no doubt that The African Burial Ground National Monument will leave you both stunned at the truth of the History you never knew, and questioning every detail of New York City.

There is also a large factor of fascination of knowing that through learning all the details of the museum, you are standing on the Burial Grounds itself. And that is an element that leaves you to experience this Museum like no other.

Therefore if you are a tourist or native New Yorker, you should definitely go and check out this one of a kind, devastating historical experience.
Written 24 November 2019
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