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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 #36 of 102 Attractions in Richmond
Type: History Museums
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

There was nothing we disliked here. It informs us as Americans what type of people we might be today if it weren't for those who truly fought for freedom and equality. We spent over 2 1/2 hours in the center and every minute was well worth it.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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73 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This museum covers the civilian angles of the Civil War - the way of life, challenges that were faced for both North and South. Located next to the Tredegar Iron Works/National Battlefield Visitors Center it's worth seeing for first-time visitors to Richmond but if you're pressed for time, visit the National Battlefield Visitor Center and pass on this one.

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buckinghamshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

We visited this museum together with the iron works. Well worth the visit. Would have been nice to take a picnic to eat by the river. Lots of information to take in, but left us wanting to know more about this interesting period of history. So pleased we did this

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Toms River, New Jersey
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86 reviews 86 reviews
79 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Adjoining the National Park site on the Tredegar iron Works location, this museum with its displays and films gives a much more in-depth depiction of the Civil War and its causes from the perspective of the civilians and slaves of both the North and the South as well as that of the soldiers. We found several of the videos very... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We spent about 4 hours here in both the American Civil War Center and the NPS half of things, both at site of the Tredegar Iron Works. Really nice complex. The NPS side is free, as is wandering the grounds. The Civil War Center was a fee, but covered parking. Both well done. Good variety of exhibits, reading timeline to... More

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