Meet Addy Walker, An American Girl

Download GuideExplore life during the Civil War with a self-guided museum tour, Addy’s World. Addy Walker, an American Girl, is a nine-year old born into slavery who escapes to freedom with her mother during the Civil War. Experience what life was like for Addy and other young African American girls during the Civil War as you follow the guide to discover objects and stories throughout the Museum. When you’ve completed and stamped your guide, bring it to the Museum store and receive a free American Girl gift to take home.

The Addy’s World guide (available by download) is recommended for families with elementary-aged children. However, all American Girl fans will delight in exploring Addy’s World! We hope to see you and your families at the Museum.




Watch video of the self-guide experience


Bring your doll to the Museum
Bring your American Girl doll with you on your museum adventure as you experience the stories of everyday people that Addy might have encountered. Take a photo of your visit with your doll and upload it to our Flickr group.

Can't make it to the Museum? Check out our Addy-related online resources!

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the National Museum of American History is partnering with American Girl to bring the stories of the Civil War to life for students and families. For the past 25 years, American Girl authors have shared stories of young people who faced difficult challenges throughout history. Through a special partnership with the Museum, these stories will now come to life through the real objects and people who lived during the war.  Visit the Our Story website for online activities to help explore Addy's story.