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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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right next door to the Tredegar iron works

This place is right next door to the Tredegar iron works. It does cost money to get in but when you pay they stamp your parking pass so that you are parking for free. Lots to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2016
DeeS9348
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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For those history buffs who are interested in the Civil war this museum is excellent. Some great audio visual presentations and great historic displays. This used to be a major factory for the South during the war years. Well worth the entrance fee.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

used this as our first stop in Richmond. The whole city during civil war starts here. great tour and docents were knowledgable. Start with seeing BOTH films.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

American Civil War Center is well worth visiting. I find it hard to understand why other reviewers say there is little to see; there is lots to read and interesting artefacts to see and 3 excellent short films that are clear in exposition and high quality presentation. Very well explained and an even handed expalnation of causes. Modern presentations and... More 

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Basically have lived here since the mid 80's (this hasn't been around that long) and never been to this site. I came down to meet Redhead Express band that was taking a historic walk and visit to Richmond. Incredible about of historic artifacts and information you will see, hear, and be amazed by. Be sure to allow a couple of... More 

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Kingston, Rhode Island
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Very short museum. Skip and just go to the Museum of the Confederacy. Exhibits are fine but is an overall view of the war. Better museums in Gettysburg and Harrisburg Pa. Several exhibits have poor spelling.

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This place is right next door to the Tredegar iron works. It does cost money to get in but when you pay they stamp your parking pass so that you are parking for free. Lots to see and learn, thoroughly enjoyed looking at everything

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Free entry and has displays on the history of Richmond covering its industrial growth from the civil war period. The outside offers neat texture rich photo ops with a working water wheel. There is free and paid parking. It is a great starting point for the canal walk and the bridge across to Belle Isle and on to the James... More 

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Houma, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Part of the National Park Service and done very well. Very nice and helpful workers. Excellent beginning for the Tredegar exhibit next door.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I loved how they presented the information with the views of each group of people. Great displays & video presentations. Civil War/History Buffs could easily spend a few hours here reading everything, but can be "breezed" through a bit without much trouble. Lots of stuff to look at, and some "interactive" elements.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Next to the Tredegar Museum and next to the quiet James River this is a place well worth visiting, The remains of the Tredegar works still are standing along with many buildings and other attractions from the Works. Inside is an excellent museum, full of displays.

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