American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar

American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar

American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Founded in 1837, the historic Tredegar Iron Works was one of the country’s largest industrial sites before the Civil War and the largest in the Confederate States. Our new building houses the Museum’s visitor services desk, museum store, and our flagship exhibit, A People's Contest. It features hundreds of original artifacts, dynamic theater experiences, and compelling imagery. There is also a self-guided tour of the historic ironworks site and conversion of the historic Foundry Building into multiple-use space for meetings, weddings, and other events. The mission of The ACWM is to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • elderly traveler
    Weymouth, Massachusetts257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful new museum on the Tredegar grounds
    This beautiful new museum resulted from the combination of the Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. It is very well done, but oddly makes no effort to capitalize on its location in the Tredegar Iron Works, the premiere Southern foundry and arsenal. My favorite item is the only known remaining 3.3-inch rifled cannon mace in New Orleans for the hotshot Washington Artillery.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 26, 2023
  • sheilamk87
    Bristol, Rhode Island125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop!
    This museum is a must see for those who enjoy history. There are so many cool artifacts. It is well organized and provides a lot of information about the timeline of the war. It also has other exhibits to see on the second floor. Don't miss the introductory video. Nice little gift shop too! Friendly staff!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Dan D
    Concord, California226 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum!
    The museum looks wonderful from the outside, with the remnants of the old buildings still intact. I am not sure what the problem is, though, as I was not overly impressed with the museum as a whole. The staff was friendly, the exhibits were professional, and there was an even flow to the place, but I felt it was missing a more ‘hands on’ approach. I appreciate the artifacts that were in the museum, but wished there were more, and I found myself reading a lot more than I cared to. It’s a nice museum and there is parking next door but I wasn’t wowed. I would recommend it to others though.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Julia T
    Warsaw, Poland77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strong review of the Civil War history
    As an Eautopean, I did not know much about the Civil War, and this museum is showing it in an easy and interesting way. Enjoyed main exhibit more than top floor, where they present story about money in USA - this part was in my opinion bit too chaotic and could've been done better. The cost for the entry is pretty big considering the size of the place but I defined reccomend visiting
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Ahme1987
    Glen Carbon, Illinois74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum
    We saw the movie that is around 10 minutes long prior to viewing the museum. Lots of history and artifacts. Parking lot was closed for special event (looks like part of building that the National Park Service museum is in is an event space). We parked at the Belle Isle Parking Lot.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
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Randy K
Atlanta, GA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This exhibit of Civil War artifacts is in a well deserved spot in the Tredegar Iron Works complex which served the Confederacy similarly as did Krupp did to Germany in both World Wars, namely their primary munitions and artillery manufacturer. This exhibit is sponsored by Dominion Energy is a venerable attic of artifacts. You can see personal effects of most of the principles of the Confederate States (CS) to include Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Thomas E. "Stonewall" Jackson and Jeb Stuart just to name a few. While the artifacts are seemingly limitless, the presentation still is somewhat concerning to me. I understand where I was viewing this from, the former capital of the Confederacy and there might be some difference between my northern perception and the presentation. The exhibit basically leaves it up to the individual to decide on this war that has shaped our history and continues to do so. Recommend you also go upstairs to see the temporary exhibit on the the role of money and finance during the Civil War.
Written October 29, 2020
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS1,019 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is a small museum that is costly to enter & doesn't know the meaning of fully vaccinated against COVID 19 as all other attractions in the area did not require fully vaccinated guests to wear masks while this one did. However, there are things here that belonged to important historical figures like Robert E. Lee, Jeb Stuart, George Pickett & Phil Sheridan. You won't find items from these people in your normal Civil War museum. There is a pay parking lot a short distance from the front door. Make sure you have your parking ticket validated inside the museum when you enter.
Written June 14, 2021
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Edam4
Honolulu, HI220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This museum is impressive from both the exterior, with its surrounding grounds, and certainly the interior. It comes across as well balanced, with excellent emphasis on the human factor and the human struggles of the war. I stayed much longer as I interacted with the exhibits, absorbed the descriptions/displays, and connected with the powerful emotions they elicited. Well worth a visit!
Written June 28, 2020
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Vicki B
Annapolis, MD3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We enjoy Civil War history, so we knew this was a place we wanted to visit. Upon seeing the small size, I thought it would not take too long to view the exhibits. In reality we spent almost 2 hours there, because each exhibit was chock-full of interesting information and memorabilia. Afterwords we walked outside over the Riverwalk bridge and really enjoyed that as well. It’s a worthwhile museum to visit!
Written January 21, 2020
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Penelope C
Plattsburgh, NY768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I read about the Museum and made a point of visiting it when we were recently in Virginia. The exhibits are arranged chronologically by year of the war. They cover much more than the major battles, also exploring the lives of the families and the enslaved people left behind when the men went off to war. The various experiences are presented seamlessly, and with great impact. There is also a well-done exhibit upstairs called Greenback, which is a fascinating presentation of how the Civil War impacted and changed America's monetary system.
Written January 3, 2020
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2,201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Well worth the time and expense ($14/senior).

The Museum has excellent exhibits and curation. It covers the War from a variety of perspectives of the people involved in the conflict in whatever capacity. We spent almost 3 hours here, lingering with the exhibits since it was a rainy day.

We also went upstairs to check out the Greenback America money exhibit but did not stay long.
Written April 23, 2020
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cordyroy
Mobile, AL2,384 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
There are 2 Attractions here; The American Civil War Museum and Historic Tredegar, part of the National Park Service. We visited the first, the second is closed due to Covid.
The ACWM takes you through the timeline of the war from 1861 to 1865. It also personalized the war thru eyewitness accounts. On the second level is an exhibit on the creation of paper money in the USA and another which examines what the Confederate States hoped to achieve after they seceded.
Written October 14, 2020
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Emily
Raleigh, NC3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is a very comprehensive museum covering the Civil War chronologically from start to finish. I appreciated the presentation, and thought it did a great job fairly presenting the different aspects of the Civil War. There is a ton of reading involved. I enjoy reading, but by then end of our walk through of the main exhibit, I was worn out and a bit disinterested. To be fair, I've never been particularly interested in history or wartimes. My husband seemed to stay engaged and interested the whole time. We spent a couple hours walking through the main exhibit (much longer than anyone else we saw as we stopped to read everything) and then moved upstairs to the rotating exhibits - currently one covering the evolution of money and monetary policy and one addressing how the world would be different if the Confederacy had won. I found both of these to be incredibly interesting. Wish we could've visited the National Park/Historic Tredegar portion but it was closed due to COVID. The area around the museum along the river is beautiful and worth spending some time exploring.
Written March 31, 2021
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jsbairmtsu
jsbairmtsu42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The American Civil War Museum is a nice new building next to the Tredegar iron works. Its disappointing that the building next door, the actual iron works, is not open any longer and there really isnt anything about the history of the land the museum is on. Its a missed opportunity to tell the history, which isnt told often, about the important part manufacturing of weapons played in the civil war, especially when the museum is on the grounds. The museum itself is a fairly high level overview of the war. It is a very modern building with nice exhibits and some very interesting pieces. Its a high enough overview that those that arent history fanatics, or younger kids, will still be able to get something out of it. The price was a little steep for me for the realtive small size of the museum. $10 full price and $6-8 for kids wouldve seemed more appropriate.
The museum is in a very nice spot, easy to park at and take the fun pedestrian bridge across the river for a great view of Richmond.
Written April 23, 2022
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Tom G
Orlando, FL257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We took our 14 year old granddaughter (and history buff) here during her first visit to Virginia. We all loved this museum. It's laid out well chronologically as the war progressed. At times I felt that some portions of the war received limited coverage (e.g., very little about Gettysburg), but we recognized that you can't give full coverage to every aspect of a major four year war. There were lots of great artifacts that made this a very interesting visit. It took us around 90 minutes to get through the entire museum. Free validated parking next door was a nice surprise.

I'd like to give a particular positive shout-out to the front-entry staff. They were superb in answering our questions regarding the war and specifically the battles near the Richmond area. They were also so very knowledgeable about the course of the war in that area, and helped us plan our battlefield visits that afternoon (after going through this museum). These were some of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever encountered in this line of work. Thank you!!
Written June 13, 2021
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