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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

Address: 490 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number: 804 780 1865
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Ranked #40 of 159 things to do in Richmond
Type: History museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Manassas, Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
7 helpful votes 7 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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224 reviews 224 reviews
88 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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167 reviews 167 reviews
42 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
58 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I'm not sure why but we were underwhelmed by this museum. The set out seemed to be geared to school groups and gave broad brush pictures of events - from the three perspectives. I didn't understand the perspectives from freedom, home and something else. Perhaps you have to be American but I couldn't fathom it. It has to be said... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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