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Address: 500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number: +1 804-649-1861
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The American Civil War Museum is the nation's first museum to interpret...
The American Civil War Museum is the nation's first museum to interpret the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives. Discover a new way of looking at our shared national history that explains much of who we are as Americans today through our signature exhibit, In the Cause of Liberty.
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Great Place to spend a day

This museum can be explored quickly, in an hour or so, or in detail all day, depending on your interest, age and time you wish to spend. the artifacts, audio stories and detailed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Take your time & read thru the displays. There is alot to be absorbed. Slavery has been going on since beginning of time, but it is hard to take in. This was very humbling site for me. I read the justification of it but still can't understand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

As overseas visitors we have visited a number of Civil War sites. Each tells its tale but until now we hadn't been able to get the whole story. This museum did that very well. It is heavy on written information but that is what we wanted. Nevertheless, the video presentations were good and the way that the displays explored the... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

It's amazing to learn about the life of a Civil War soldier. I'm not a war buff, but you get to experience what the soldiers had to go through to fight for what they thought was right. It was a divisive period in our country's history and an important one to learn more about, especially since many of the same... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This museum can be explored quickly, in an hour or so, or in detail all day, depending on your interest, age and time you wish to spend. the artifacts, audio stories and detailed descriptions will appeal to the most ardent civil war buff! The surrounding area is beautiful for a walk or picnic. The James river flows by with access... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Our family thoroughly enjoyed the grounds of Tredegar, and thought the site did a wonderful job presenting its participation during the Civil War. Very interesting, as well as scenic location.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We had a great time here both the kids realy enjoyed all the exhibits . A lot to see and learn. The building it stunning and laid out very well

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Manassas, Virginia
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I was impressed with the thoughtfulness of the presentation of the Civil War, its causes and its outcomes. Using three competing goals (preserving the Union, defending Home, and Freedom from slavery), the war was explained as viewed by different segments of the population. Even at the time of the war, there were differing views about why the war was fought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We made an unplanned visit to the center and toured the civil war museum. What a great take! Entering, we knew we had limited knowledge of the civil war. Leaving, we felt enlightened and likely smarter than most. The films, artifacts, photographs, and printed information on display made this most difficult time in America's history easy to understand and, as... More 

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Long Island, N.Y.
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This has got to be the most depressing history museums in the country. Focusing on the Civil War it should be exiting and crammed with artifacts, Its not. It should be free or hopefully will get better when it merges with the Museum of the Confederacy. Go visit the FREE National Park Service visitors center next store and dont waste... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The civil war center is nice, more informational than historical - not many artifacts; seems geared towards large school groups etc. But still very interesting and informational - everything about the civil war is explained there. Did not know anything about Tredegar; didn't realize the role it played during that time period - very cool to walk among the remaining... More 

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