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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

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Address: 500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219-4330
Phone Number: +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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This review is a little tough, I wavered between average and very good. It is very well put together and VERY informative. That said, I like a museum that has more actual... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Michael D
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Peoria, Illinois
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Rolling Hills Estates, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very well thought out museum of the Civil War and tells the story from all points of view. It was very informative and we spent several hours on the grounds and in the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a history teacher, who is well versed on Civil War history, I found this museum an excellent place to gain a thorough overall perspective of this important event in US history. It is well laid out and mixes interactive, video, hands on, and display in an easily digestible manner. Loads of authentic items, such as the uniform jacket, complete... More 

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Richmond
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Anyone who has any level of interest in the antebellum and "bellum" history of the U.S. During the mid-19th century has to visit this wonderful museum! It's main location is within the gorgeous Tredegar Iron Works building, the leading producer of munitions during the Civil War, overlooking the beautiful James River and Shockoe Valley within blocks of Richmond's Capitol Square... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This review is a little tough, I wavered between average and very good. It is very well put together and VERY informative. That said, I like a museum that has more actual exhibits, artifacts, displays ... this was more like reading a book. From floor to ceiling, banners and boards with facts to read. Great if you want to spend... More 

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Shepparton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This excellent museum gives a really good background to the Civil War through first quality presentations. Anyone with an interest in history should not miss this. Allow at least 2 hours for the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well done for the most part, although some of the historical facts regarding Lincoln could have been explained more thoroughly, in terms of his interpretation of the law and his views. The interactive cluster areas and videos were good. Aloow 1 1/2-2 hours, probably.

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Thank Michael M
Zellwood, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beyond the walk-around displays of museums of the past, the interactive cluster areas were good for focusing on the topic and sitting down for a brief respite, The displays also featured reproductions of posters and poignant quotes. BE AWARE of the combination ticket purchase available because not all the sites are geographically closes. PLAN..

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice facility to learn about the civil war from the view of the North, South, and slaves. Well done, but seemed to miss a review of the end of the war. No artifacts but would be a good learning tool for kids and adults alike.

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Thank Linda C
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Adjacent to the NPS museum, this site affiliated with the Museum of the Confederacy has bold graphics and good displays offering a thorough understanding of the events here during the war. Worth the price of admission, but best value is to get ticket to see all CW sites in town.

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Orrville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting and compelling - brings the war to life. The exhibits and the stories were very interesting.

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