American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar

American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar, Richmond

American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar

American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar
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Military Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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480 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219-4328
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4.0
413 reviews
Excellent
196
Very good
146
Average
43
Poor
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Terrible
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milkmary
Orlando, FL7 contributions
Interesting History
Nov 2021
Visited on Sunday. If you are a history buff, this is a “must”. So many amazing things saved. Jefferson Davis’s suit he wore when arrested. The broken tooth brush, watch chain and New Testament that shows the path of a bullet. The N.T. Saved the soldier’s life!
Written November 19, 2021
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Manny J
Bogota, Colombia10 contributions
Great Histort Lesson
Oct 2021
This was a must-see on our list of places to visit in Richmond and we were not disappointed in any way. Displays and storyboards were well written and depicted in a factual non-emotional or politically biased manner. Those interested in American history should make every effort to visit.
Written October 18, 2021
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AllieT84
Michigan65 contributions
Good
Oct 2021
This museum was very clean and eye catching. However, the exhibits were hard to follow. I wish we had been able to start from the beginning of the war through the end, and this seemed to jump around without really explaining the reasons for the war starting and ending. It was also rather small. We finished in about an hour and a half or so and wondered where the rest of the museum was. Also nothing really to see for the Iron Works, although the building itself is beautiful.
Written October 7, 2021
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J W
3 contributions
Waste of $40
Sep 2021 • Family
An absolute waste of time.
While there are some nice items on display the vibe is about as palatable as the destruction along monument row. There is nothing to be found inside regarding tredegar other than a plate off an iron clad. If you expect much beyond the south lost you will be seriously disappointed.
Written September 24, 2021
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gprimr1
Baltimore, MD2,539 contributions
The Museum is great, but not really about the Iron Works
Sep 2021
It's a very well put together museum with a lot of information about the civil war and good presentation.

I was a bit disappointed though there is very little mention of the actual iron works. I was really hoping there would be an exhibit on the iron work's history, the iron making process back then, and the iron work's role in the Civil War. It was more of a general civil war museum.
Written September 4, 2021
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Abby M
Upland, CA249 contributions
Part two tour of the White House of the confederacy
Sep 2021 • Couples
A nice self guided tour. There’s parking but bring in your parking ticket so they can validate it. The tour starts off downstairs and a theater. The upstairs is smaller but still worth going up to see it. The gift shop is a decent size and there’s rest rooms upstairs and downstairs along with a elevator. If you’ve done the White House of the confederacy then you need to do this one too.
Written September 2, 2021
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hookheath
Forest City, NC54 contributions
One very important museum to see
Aug 2021
We only had time to visit a few important places and this turned out to be better than we could have imagined. Because Richmond played such an important role in this dark time in our history, had to visit and we were not disappointed. It is so well presented and you learn so much that yo may not have known before that we highly suggest everyone visiting the area so pay a visit
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Written August 30, 2021
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Cathy
Rochester, NY3 contributions
Great museum and location
Aug 2021 • Family
Really enjoyed content and rotating exhibitions upstairs. I never learned about the plans the confederacy had if they won the war, and I never considered how the war was paid for either. Very enjoyable and informative. Museum validated parking so we could leave the car and do part of canal walk and see capital buildings. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions we didn’t have time to see the White House of the Confederacy. Shout out to the gentleman at front desk who provided lunch recommendations and suggested alternative more scenic routes back to hotel.
Written August 10, 2021
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terhadley
Dawsonville, GA98 contributions
Back in time
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very interesting and informative museum. Makes you think about the cost to the USA and importance of being United. I recommend it to everyone, regardless of your knowledge base.
Written July 18, 2021
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AmyDF
Bluffton, SC63 contributions
Excellent Museum
Jul 2021
Excellent museum with so much history and artifacts to look at, will take a couple of hours to see everything. Go back over the exhibits because you'll see something you missed the first time!
Written July 18, 2021
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