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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

490 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
804 780 1865
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Ranked #33 of 82 Attractions in Richmond
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Long Island, N.Y.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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219 reviews 219 reviews
87 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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168 reviews 168 reviews
42 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
57 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 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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Washington, DC
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94 reviews 94 reviews
36 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

In presenting the Civil War from three different perspectives -- Northern, Southern and slave -- this private museum performs a real service. A visit here also brings you into a very interesting set of civil wear era buildings preserved by the National Park Service. So I highly recommend a visit. My primary hesitation -- what keeps me from rating this... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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258 reviews 258 reviews
90 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We went to this attraction just after our town tour and before going to any civil war locations. That proved to be very helpful in getting us up to snuff on the sequences of battles, names, locations, etc. The film on the role of Tredegar Iron Works was very informative, as I had no idea of how they fit into... More 

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