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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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Good overview of war

Since I lost 2 great uncles in the war and had my great grandfather and 2 other of his brothers fighting for states rights I have a biased view of the war. And yes they fought... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Greenville, Mississippi, United States
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Greenville, Mississippi, United States
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Since I lost 2 great uncles in the war and had my great grandfather and 2 other of his brothers fighting for states rights I have a biased view of the war. And yes they fought for the confederacy. Good displays and facts but the brutality of the war a little underplayed. Like they say about the battle of Cold... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It's ok, but there are 2 sites here. 1 is the national parks and one is the state. They share a parking lot. Yes, 5 minutes is interesting, but the fun starts when you leave, walk across to the river park and go tubing, those people look like they are having a blast.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Need to be sure to put on your "To See-Do" list when visiting the Richmond-James River sites! Opened daily and closes earlier than expected so must check first of times on which day of the week...

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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Beautiful exhibits, with great honor shown to the history of the area. The artifacts were arranged to allow plenty of attention to the stories related to them.

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Visited the centre on a trip around various Civil War sites and museums. Found the centre to be very informative about the background and what happened in Richmond in general. Thanks to the guide who informed us that we could get our carpark ticket validated and hence pay no fee

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great way to escape the heat for a couple of hours. Interesting place, self-paced. Fun little gift shop.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This museum does not have artifact after artifact, you will have to do some reading to get the full meaning of the place. It does explain quite a bit about the entire war and its effects on the South. It covers all aspects and is layed out by year. I think we took about an hour or so to walk... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We originally planned to visit the Museum of the Confederacy in downtown, but saw that this site was going to have interpretive demonstrations on the day we would visit. We met Jason when we arrived about 15 minutes early. He took the time to give us a mini-tour of some of the grounds and answered a lot of questions we... More 

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Orillia
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

If you have young children, like interactive displays or expect to see all sorts of period artifacts, this is not the museum for you. However, if you like to learn the history of the Civil War from different perspectives then you probably will not be disappointed but be forewarned, you could spend up to a few hours reading, and reading... More 

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Exhibits provide those interested in the Civil War with a background to how the people and industry supported the war. Nice displays in original buildings along the James River.

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