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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

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Address: 500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number: +1 804-649-1861
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Milton, Delaware
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Stopped and explored the Free portion of this attraction - The National Park Service building, exhibits, movie and grounds. This was a perfect way to spend some time while traveling down the Canal Walk.

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worcestershire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Really enjoyed this museum as it had a lot of information about the timeline of events and a balanced view of it all. The range of exhibits was quite limited - it was very much printed information to read - which I don't mind - and fewer exhibits as such. But it was very interesting place and a good place... More 

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Romulus, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My husband and I, as well as a couple of friends came to this museum after visiting the Museum of the Confederacy and the Confederate White House. We are civil war living historians and we visited the Richmond area after attending the 150th Battle of Cedar Creek. This review pertains the the Civil War Museum and not the Tedegar Iron... More 

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