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“better than expected!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Museum of the Confederacy

The Museum of the Confederacy
1201 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
+1 804-649-1861
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Ranked #10 of 82 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Museum of the Confederacy is located in Richmond, Virginia. The museum includes the former White House of the Confederacy and maintains a comprehensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts and photographs from the Confederate States of America and the American Civil War (1861–1865). Learn about the leaders of the Confederacy like Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee through stories told with their own personal belongings. The Museum also features exhibits focusing on the common soldier and life on the homefront.
New York City, New York
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“better than expected!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

My interest in this museum was little as I have seen similar before and been underwhelmed. This was a very well done museum and arranged in an interesting and very educational way. This isn't just artifacts but tells the great story of this war and what it was like to be a soldier (on both sides!). Well done and worth a visit!

Visited May 2014
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“Civil War Relic Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

By far the best collection of memorabilia from the Civil War, this museum has everything a history buff could ask for. Actual items from Lee, Jackson, and Stuart are exhibited along with an amazing array of period art. Ladies period dress as well as home front displays will involve the whole family. The tour of the adjacent White House of the Confederacy should be taken in as well. Free all-day parking in the hospital parking deck next door is very convenient, just get there by 10:00 am to get a spot, because the deck fills up early.

Visited May 2014
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Abbotsford, Canada
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“A Fair Picture of the Confederacy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The self-guided tour through the well-crafted museum displays and the tour through the "White House of the Confederacy were excellent. Not being from the South, we were captivated by the history and extent of involvement of the country that we never realized before this visit. The docent for the White House was exceptional and helped put a human touch on this very human struggle. Particularly interesting was the notion that the South thought highly of George Washington and his role in helping the country break free from England. For the South, the Confederacy was the next "logical" step for them taking the struggle on down to protect state rights over a centralized national government.

A note on the location: The museum and White House is "cradled" within the sprawl of a large city medical center. Even though we knew the address ahead of time, finding it in a city with one way streets, parking in a busy parking ramp with limited parking and following the sketchy signage was a bit tricky. You might want to allow a little extra time for your visit.

Visited April 2014

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“Uderwhelming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I have long wanted to visit this museum. Although the building is fairly new the collection is pretty basic. It does not compare well to actual battlefield museums such as Gettysburg or Antietam (although those might be Federally funded). Most of the uniforms looked moth eaten. The $15 entry fee would have been an overcharge if not for the Tour of the Confederate Whitehouse. This is done in the original White House next door. Our tour guide (Michael?) was superb. Incredible diction and voice that was always easy to hear in our large group. Most of the furniture and much artwork actually was present when Jefferson Davis was president of the confederacy. The only drawback to the tour is that the group as too large. Several times we could not even fit into the room Michael was discussing. yet, overall the tour was exceptional.

Visited April 2014
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“Fascinating look at the Civil War South”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

As Canadians who enjoy American history, we weren't sure what to expect. We were delighted by the friendly and extremely knowledgable guides, and by the thorough collections. We've visited twice, several years apart, and enjoyed each visit.

Visited May 2014
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