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Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History

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Address: 975 Main St, Danville, VA 24541-1822
Phone Number: 434.793.5644
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Important place that shows much reverence to slave owners, less for the enslaved

This place is worth a visit for a view in to the mind of those who see confederate civil war history as principally about rich landed white people. I hoped to see more of an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
kl726
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The house is beautiful with many floors and stairs. There is an elevator. Parking is behind but limited. The history part of the home is from a wealthy, white perspective. Confederate history abounds. There are many artifacts and a video. The art in the basement is interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is worth a visit for a view in to the mind of those who see confederate civil war history as principally about rich landed white people. I hoped to see more of an emphasis on the history of the nearly 50% of the local population that was enslaved (there was very little information about the enslaved people who... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Christmas lights were a nice touch. The museum displays alot of Danville's history and a self guided tour lets you take your time to enjoy each room.

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Thank Angela S
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

My Wife and I found the tour to be worth it. The audio tour head sets worked well and were interesting. The mansion was nicely kept and the history display of the past days of the civil war downstairs was very well done. The outside had nice garden area and grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We enjoyed the tour of the home and especially the place it has in Confederate history. Beautiful furnishings and art work. The audio tour was interesting and easy to operate. We would highly recommend a visit.

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Ruffin, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

This is such a wonderful place to visit. I have visited here on many occasions and always find something new. I am however saddened that the powers that be have decided to not fly the Confederate flag over THE LAST CAPITAL OF THE CONFEDERACY! What an outrage!

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Gretna, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

They do not seem to recognize their responsibility to history and the location of the Confederacy capitol. Also, seems to be a rough area of town, lock valuables.

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Knoxville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

I love history and was very impressed with this charming place. I learned a lot during my visit and definitely will return.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We spent a couple of hours going through the audio tour. Most of the stuff is original or at least period. Mostly about the wealthy white owner and didn't really go into the live of the slaves at all, which of course the white genteel folk made all their wealth from. Still interesting to see and hear about how they... More 

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Burlington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you want to get close to history and period furnishings, visit a Civil War museum, or visit a museum of the Confederacy in particular, you can do all three here. The museum occupies the mansion that served as the last capitol of the Confederate States during the last days of the Civil War. It is of manageable size, can... More 

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