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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

490 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
804 780 1865
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Ranked #37 of 107 Attractions in Richmond
Type: History Museums
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Great museum! Gives a really balanced view of the civil war, using information boards, video displays, artifacts, etc. And in a fascinating historical building. Well worth a visit.

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Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is another good site if you're a Civil War buff. They have a couple of nice movies that tell the story of the area and of the ironworks. (The Tredegar Ironworks is what you're actually visiting.) Unlike other places, they tried to present an even story. They even had a lock of Lincoln's hair. And of course, some old... More

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Washington, DC
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89 reviews 89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

In presenting the Civil War from three different perspectives -- Northern, Southern and slave -- this private museum performs a real service. A visit here also brings you into a very interesting set of civil wear era buildings preserved by the National Park Service. So I highly recommend a visit. My primary hesitation -- what keeps me from rating this... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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256 reviews 256 reviews
90 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We went to this attraction just after our town tour and before going to any civil war locations. That proved to be very helpful in getting us up to snuff on the sequences of battles, names, locations, etc. The film on the role of Tredegar Iron Works was very informative, as I had no idea of how they fit into... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The last time I'd been to Tredegar Iron Works was when it was still in ruins twenty-five years ago. Now that the National Park Service has restored one building and a private company has restored another, the site wonderfully captures the significance of Tredegar's munitions manufacturing for the Confederacy during the war. We attended an outdoor talk about surgery on... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

As a Pennsylvanian born in the south, I found the perspectives set forth in this museum fascinating. This was a great starting point for kicking off a tour of the battlefields and other historic spots not only in Richmond, but in Manassas and other points in Virginia, PA and Maryland as well. Well done,

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Carlingford, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A very interesting centre which explained the causes and issues of the Civil War. The films were interesting and just long enough to keep everyone engaged. The exhibits asked questions and got you thinking, this is a really good centre and being on the grounds of the Tredegar Iron Works you could easily spend half a day just looking at... More

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Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The museum had some good information, but it was somewhat confusing. One major issue I had were the artifacts are not numbered and the information explaining them are not in order with the artifacts...some artifacts were missing. Example....they information on the plaques was in reversed order of how they were displayed. Still not sure why they had a model care... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was a really hot day and the kids weren't enjoying walking around. Probably would have learned more (especially without them complaining) if it wasn't 95 degrees....

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It was fascinating for me and my family, as northerners, to learn about the Civil War at this Richmond museum from the three perspectives offered: Northern, Southern and African-American. Fascinating artifacts, clear displays and engaging videos brought the history alive. The Confederate flags for sale were surprising, but the wide range of books showed an intellectual commitment to the many... More

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