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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

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Address: 500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
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+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
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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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2-Hour Richmond Landmark Segway Tour
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Good to get the south's point of view on the Civil War

The admition price was USD $24.00 and includes entry the The White House of the Confederacy. They will also validate your parking if you purchase the joint ticket. This museum is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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Jonesborough
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoy civil war history and have spent most of our vacation time touring battlefields and museums. This was our first disappointment. We found that this museums agenda revolved around one topic; the many hardships endured by the southern slaves. If you want a complete overview of the war you won't find it here.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The admition price was USD $24.00 and includes entry the The White House of the Confederacy. They will also validate your parking if you purchase the joint ticket. This museum is on 2 levels and details the Civil War from the south's point of view and is very educational. There are many static displays to read and a few videos... More 

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Newport News, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place was awesome! the staff was very eager to answer all our questions and give us all the history.

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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

The Center includes a number of buildings from the historic Tredegar Gun Foundry and a separate museum that will be enlarged in 2017. Entrance to the National Park Service portion of the site is free; the Civil War Center museum commands a moderate fee. The main building (the Pattern Building), emblazoned by the words "Historic Tredegar" and operated by NPS,... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

As Northerns we were somewhat skeptical of going to an unbiased Southern Civil War Museum. Were we wrong! The Tredeger Museum was fantastic! It's exhibits made a point of showing the South, North, & Slave points of the view. The exhibits were varied, some reading, some primary source pictures, quotes, videos, and others interactive. Sequenced in chronological order, were were... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

I enjoyed the exhibits, but the museum was smaller than what I would have expected for Richmond. We were there on the day before Veteran's Day and it was completely empty. It is self-guided and there are some interesting interactive displays and films. Right next door Tredegar Iron Works Museum so should see both. If one is in town and... More 

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Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Very nice museum. Very informative. Some interactive displays. I've been to Gettysburg and this is similar - but a much smaller scale and from the southern perspective.

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Manassas, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Well done, and the preservation of the site and canal trails are great. The interactive displays kept me interested. The lighting levels could be increased since it was hard to see some items.

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West Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Our tour took us here on day 6 of our tour. We had been to several civil war sites and museums, but I understood and appreciated the War better after just an hour at the ACWC. The format of the presentation is fabulous and the perspectives used to present the information is great! If you really want to understand the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

gives one a wonderful understanding of the Civil War's timeline and various battles. Don't miss it if you're interested in that war.

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