Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this plantation, one of the stations of the Underground Railroad.
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  • Scott J
    65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and eye-opening
    Review also left on another platform. This is tough. It's hard to say it was a great tour due to the nature of the tour. This was an eye-opening and informative tour regarding this part of Americas history. This small museum could easily be missed if you didn't know what it was if driving past it. The house is beautiful, and it's a shame that places like this were needed in them tragic times. I truly recommend visiting this place if you go to Memphis. Be aware no photos are allowed inside the building
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Luise W
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this actual stop on the Underground Railroad!
    We learned fascinating and sad facts about slavery and the Underground Railroad. The audio and in person explanations of the exhibits were clear, knowledgeable and very well done. One interesting aspect was learning about secret codes. There is a very moving painting there. If you care about history, don’t miss this museum. If you have a car, it’s a good idea to drive. They have a parking lot. If you don’t have a car, it’s a long walk from the nearest trolley/bus stop but still worth going.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • straightedge
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gift of history
    They take care to connect to the visitors, and go so far as to ensure kids can understand personally. Not sure what to do with a day in Memphis? Do this. There isn't an experience quite like it; it's a day well spent for ANYone.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Shore G
    Nashville, Tennessee107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Inspiring but painful truth.
    Go. Just do yourself/your family a favor...and go. I cannot recommend this tour enough! Give yourself 90 mins at least. Parking is nearby and free. Tours go on the hour, and we arrived at :10 after the hour and joined a tour in progress. Regrettably in an attempt to get to Stax before they closed for the day, we cut our visit short, but the 50 minutes we had were AMAZING. Recorded tour info played in each room with a guide who points things out as the recording plays. Powerful, painful, raw, enlightening, educational, and inspiring are the emotions that ran through me during this meaningful tour. Want to go back to learn more. Unfortunately, you cannot roam freely after the tour to go back and look at the many things, as there is another tour starting, and the home is small. Look forward to another visit with more time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Texoma Family
    Sherman, Texas669 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    Definitely worth it! Everyone in my family learned lots of new information. Tour was crowded, and started on the hour. We all enjoyed the tour more than we would have viewing it by ourselves. We went when it was not busy on a weekday. They do take credit cards.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2023
  • CATRINA LEWIS G
    Moorhead, Minnesota18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sad Day!
    Today 1/20/24 at 2pm we were going to go see this historic place although we couldn't attend as the building is on fire. We are hopeful that many of the items were able to be saved but this is scary for all of them. May the owners and city of Memphis still support this great historical time of American history!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 January 2024
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travelgal058
Wisconsin, USA221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I was really looking forward to going to this Estate/Museum but a fire has significantly damaged it. Memphis has many places you can visit to learn about the Civil War, enslavement of blacks and this will be great when it reopens in the future.
Written 21 March 2024
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CATRINA LEWIS G
Moorhead, MN18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Today 1/20/24 at 2pm we were going to go see this historic place although we couldn't attend as the building is on fire. We are hopeful that many of the items were able to be saved but this is scary for all of them.
May the owners and city of Memphis still support this great historical time of American history!
Written 20 January 2024
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wallflowerone
Arkansas158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Learned about Memphis history. They ask for you to not take pictures of the inside. Why I don’t know and wish you could.
Written 3 January 2024
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Andy B
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Some verified facts. Many bias unverified facts that reported. One thing they said they said sharks have in their DNA they are still looking fo slaves overthrown to eat. Complete nonsense. Also most abolitionist were non-whites. This historical place is slanted anti-white. I would not waste time or money in seeing this place. It is biased anti-Caucasian. Very sad. I visited Underground Railroad in Cincinnati. Very different story told down here in Memphis. Very sad. Many northern troops and whites sacrificed lives lives to emancipate slaves. Not told here
Written 28 December 2023
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Texoma Family
Sherman, TX669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Definitely worth it! Everyone in my family learned lots of new information. Tour was crowded, and started on the hour. We all enjoyed the tour more than we would have viewing it by ourselves. We went when it was not busy on a weekday. They do take credit cards.
Written 27 December 2023
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Philippa W
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A great place for all ages to learn a piece of American History. Actually standing in spaces where slaves moved through on their way to freedom was an emotional experience.
Written 25 December 2023
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April H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Tours run on the top of the hour. Our tour guide, Teal, made sure to engage with and answer the questions of our 5 and 8 year olds and help them understand the history of slavery and the significance of this property in being a haven along the path to freedom.
Written 15 November 2023
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Wendy C
Morgantown, PA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An excellent connection to our painful past in American History. The information was comprehensive and raw. The hone has very interesting pieces of history and the underground railroad hiding places are humbling. Don't miss this stop in Memphis.
Written 23 September 2023
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Shore G
Nashville, TN107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Go. Just do yourself/your family a favor...and go. I cannot recommend this tour enough! Give yourself 90 mins at least. Parking is nearby and free. Tours go on the hour, and we arrived at :10 after the hour and joined a tour in progress. Regrettably in an attempt to get to Stax before they closed for the day, we cut our visit short, but the 50 minutes we had were AMAZING. Recorded tour info played in each room with a guide who points things out as the recording plays. Powerful, painful, raw, enlightening, educational, and inspiring are the emotions that ran through me during this meaningful tour. Want to go back to learn more. Unfortunately, you cannot roam freely after the tour to go back and look at the many things, as there is another tour starting, and the home is small. Look forward to another visit with more time.
Written 12 August 2023
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straightedge
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
They take care to connect to the visitors, and go so far as to ensure kids can understand personally. Not sure what to do with a day in Memphis? Do this. There isn't an experience quite like it; it's a day well spent for ANYone.
Written 15 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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