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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

The American Civil War Museum is the nation's first museum to interpret the...

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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A good Starting to the American Civil War

The museum is a great start to tour the Civil War in this region. A great story of American hard work and ingenuity. The building and site take you back to that time period.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is a great start to tour the Civil War in this region. A great story of American hard work and ingenuity. The building and site take you back to that time period.

Thank Paris0813
Williamsburg, Virginia
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403 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If your going to try and tackle the battlefield tours, this is the best place to start from. It gives a great overall picture of the involvement of Richmond and the importance it played in the war. The museum is very well put together and the area has been historically preserved very well!

Thank KErickson96
Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a relatively small museum that gives a definite feel for the civil war and how it affected Richmond. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thank gshwesternpa
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Part of what makes this museum so interesting is that it knows its audience. I felt that the exhibits and interactive programming tended to over-emphasize the focus on state's rights as being behind the Civil War, given the perspective of many of its Southern visitors. The Civil War is fairly cut and dried to me, but this did lend the... More 

Thank researcher45
Northfield, Minnesota
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

something to make the time to see. historic and very informative. free all day parking if you buy a ticket.

Thank michael h
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I can't think of a better museum to cover the Civil War than this place because it gives you three perspectives, Union, Confederate and Slave. It starts with a background of why the war started, goes thru the battles in good detail and finishes with exhibits and pictures of how the war ended and makes you think about how important... More 

1 Thank SmilingSteve4
Raleigh, NC
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120 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Richmond has lots of civil war attractions, but this is the worst of the lot. There are almost no relics or artifacts, it is mostly pictures, videos and interactive stuff and costs $8 per person. There are plenty of places where the artifact has been removed, and there is just a sign saying that it has been removed. Skip this... More 

2 Thank docdiamond
ACWMuseum, Public Relations Manager at American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, responded to this review

We are sorry that your experience was less than satisfactory. We are working diligently to replace artifacts that were loaned to us and then recalled. Our White House and Museum of the Confederacy location contains more artifacts, but we believe that our Tredegar exhibits have value as well and that visiting both locations provides a richer experience. We hope you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The buildings and exhibits are worth a two hour stop. So much history and information is here for visitors to Richmond. I learned much about the importance of Richmond in the events of the Civil War. Glad I took the time and so should you! Parking is available there and visit the State Capital Building as well which is close... More 

1 Thank zimmys57
Bellefontaine, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

I am a lover of the history of our country. The civil war is one of those. So much history packed into this museum. Great for kids and adults.

Thank Stefanie W
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168 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I was raised in Richmond and never heard of Tredegar (which was derelict at that time) so I had no idea of the prominence it held during its day. The self guided tour of the Iron Works, along with historical exhibits, gave a very good education about the factory itself and Richmond during the war. Richmond has lots of good... More 

1 Thank Elaine D

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