Missouri Civil War Museum

Missouri Civil War Museum, Saint Louis

Missouri Civil War Museum
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Missouri Civil War Museum is housed in the old 1905 Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange (PX) and Gymnasium building, formerly part of the Jefferson Barracks military post, which is still an active military installation to this day. Renovations began in 2003, and were completed 10 years later in 2013, with an opening date of June 29, 2013. During the Civil War, the property which this museum is located upon, contained various hospital ward buildings, where suffering and death occurred, thus making this sacred ground, and a most appropriate location for a Missouri Civil War Museum, honoring our soldiers of the past and present.
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,719 contributions
Everything about this place is done right! Free parking near the museum is helpful. The fair prices (with discounts for various things: military, senior, etc.) are cheap enough for anyone. And the exhibits themselves are fantastically done. There are a few films - introductory and elsewhere in the building - that lay the foundation of what it is all about. The artifacts come alive and represent America from 1842-1947 (Jefferson Barrack's main utilization period as a key post). The gift shop has all of the trinkets you could want. Worth while to visit.
Written August 9, 2021
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,799 contributions
Couples
Excellent small Museum. Hubby and I just spent 4 days in St. Louis, MO visiting friends. Did the obligatory Arch tour and checked out downtown before heading farther afield. This museum is located a short 10 to 15 minute drive from downtown, yet feels like you are a world away.

Excellent presentation of Missouri’s role in the Civil War. We appreciated that all the exhibits were well balanced between north and south - just as were the majority of the population of Missouri at that time.

Highly recommend!
Written May 22, 2021
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Ron D
Council Bluffs, IA123 contributions
It isn't large, but there is a variety of exhibits..
I recommend taking the extra time to really read the descriptors to understand what it is you are seeing.

We took about 1 1/2 hours.
Might have been more, but we arrived later in the afternoon and they were closing

Have to admit with Missouri's history in the Civil War, wondered it the emphasis would be on the Rebellion.
It wasn't it was about the people who were there and fought.
There WAS an area that discussed the state and especially the en-minty with Kansas.
While i had some knowledge it was gave me name and information beyond what was mine before.
I bought a couple books to read.

The women aren't left out as several are discussed and their influence on certain aspects of the war and care of soldiers.
Written November 10, 2021
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Margaret Nulsen
15 contributions
One of the best Civil War museums in the country. I have been here twice, the exhibits change from time to time because there are so many artifacts they cannot all be on exhibit at the same time. Great for any Civil War history buff.
Written December 20, 2020
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JWArizona
Phoenix Arizona175 contributions
Such a fascinating museum dedicated to the civil war and all that entailed. We were most impressed by seeing one of two masks made of President Lincoln (#7 of 15 saved before the mold was broken). It was as if we were looking into his face and stepping back in time almost 200 years ago. What a great experience!
Written May 26, 2021
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Brant r
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This was a much anticipated trip for not only myself but my friends as well. We were met in the parking lot by Mark. Thoroughly enjoyed the conversation about the museum and the local area. Inside we were met by the most lovely young lady, Kristin. Not only does she work the front desk but also volunteered her time to help restore the museum it’s self.
We appreciated the detail of the artifacts. The collection of sharp carbines were absolutely outstanding. The discussion of the GAR was a must and doesn’t get the attention in other museums. The gift shop was well done and the collection of books was amazing!

On a side note Kristen doesn’t get lunch off so don’t be a creep and ask her to lunch. Hahah
Written May 23, 2021
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Spacefarer
United States20 contributions
This museum exceeded our expectations. It is in a beautifully renovated building many decades old in the Jefferson Barracks (US Army) Park in St. Louis County. The artifacts, movies and gift shop items are wonderful.
Written January 7, 2020
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C E
Seattle, WA345 contributions
This was a great location for a Civil War Museum. My grandfather had done his WWI military training at Jefferson Barracks, so we went to see the park. The museum was interesting and very well done.

There is also a short video at the entrance.
Written March 17, 2020
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Monica58860
Dousman, WI1,280 contributions
For sure a highlight of our visit to St. Louis. So much to see in the museum and so well organized. Parking was not a problem at all. So much history that I didn't realize happened here. This is for sure a "got to do" on anyone's list for a visit in St. Louis
Written March 3, 2020
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honeybb53
Saint Louis, MO48 contributions
Friends
My wife and I are local history buffs (her great grandfather was a St. Louis architect of note) and we had high expectations for our visit to the museum on the 4th of July 2014. It was quite obvious from the start that a considerable investment went into restoration of the building and this was the highlight of the visit. After watching the film in the lobby where it was stressed "that no tax dollars" were used in the museum's development we payed the entry fee. (Most, museums of note in St. Louis have no fees and ask for donations due to the local commitment to fund through taxes and our belief that our heritage is a gift for all.) The curators would be well served if they could have followed the excellent example of the the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park that presented an exhibit: "The Civil War in Missouri" where real life historical events were brought to light. Most of the exhibits (swords, pistols and rifles) in this museum are labelled "unknown" although the origin of the manufacturer was listed on some. The state of Missouri has a very unique place in our Civil War due the status of the freemen and slaves living adjacent to the free border states but you will not grasp much of this in the current state of the museum....The directors would do well to review the material presented in "Civil War St. Louis" and breath some life into a Civil War experience away from the over-documented, battles and skirmishes....or at least provide more details of the the major battles.
Written July 8, 2014
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM