Old Court House Museum

Old Court House Museum, Vicksburg

Old Court House Museum
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Kristine B
Orlando, FL274 contributions
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I only had about 30 minutes to kill while on a road trip and decided to stop at the Old Courthouse Museum. For $6 you get to see several rooms worth of artifacts from the Civil War and other times related to Vicksburg. My favorite part was the actual courtroom on the second floor. I wish I’d had longer to spend in the museum, because I could’ve easily spent a couple hours there. I highly recommend if you want to see some interesting historical artifacts. A big bonus if you’re on a road trip are the restrooms located in outhouses on the exterior of the building.
Written September 21, 2020
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Michael S
Pekin, IL37 contributions
Solo
The museum is a gem for any Civil War buff. The artifacts from the Siege of Vicksburg are well documented and plentiful. The Civil War is a large part of the museum but the history of Vicksburg is more than that. The museum does an excellent job of showcasing Vicksburg’s history from Native American times until the present. Well worth the entry admission.
Written December 28, 2021
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SpringHillMary
Spring Hill TN110 contributions
What an interesting museum. Highly recommended stop in Vicksburg. We spent approximately 2 hours looking at artifacts and becoming acquainted with Vicksburg history. Can't say enough good things about Jordan and Marlene. They were so welcoming and helpful. Since the visitor center was closed due to Covid 19, we had little information about things to do and see in Vicksburg and these two were terrific ambassadors!
Written June 20, 2020
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Jean H
Pleasant Prairie, WI296 contributions
This museum is sort of a brick-a-brack of artifacts and exhibit cases. Everything from butter churns to Civil War era buttons can be found here. The artifacts are well labeled and interesting stories attached to one of them add to their significance (see the Mystery Clock, Human Effigy Ceremonial Pipe, and the World War II Red Cross uniform). Even the metal staircase has an interesting story. The gift shop is tucked in the back corner, but we found some old movies on DVD that surprised us.
Written June 8, 2021
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Mary S
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We only walked around outside however, the photo ops were great. Beautiful clock tower. Got a couple great shots at the top of the stairs. Be sure to turn around and get a great shot of the cannons.
Written May 1, 2021
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Suze87
Seattle, Washington, USA20 contributions
Couples
I found the premise of the museum offensive. It treats slavery as a benign economic development tool and glorifies the Confederacy as a necessity to defend states' rights. I realize that many in the northern states also benefited from and supported slavery, but it does not promote the well-being of our country to glorify this stain on our nation.
Written April 1, 2019
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,720 contributions
Couples
As a person who has studied the history of the Civil War for more than 60 years, I understand why it has recently become politically correct to be offended by all things Confederacy, including the Stars and Bars battle flag. But I believe it is important for generations to understand what the Civil War was all about and how it has affected our lives and the United States ever since. That some school children today aren't even aware that the Civil War took place is inexcusable. History is what we are and we are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. Like it or not, the Civil War defined us as a nation. So I think it is important to learn about it, why it happened and how it changed us forever. A good place to start is Vicksburg. For openers, Grant's victory was a key factor in turning the tide of the war in the Union's favor. The Old Courthouse, or Old Warren County Courthouse, is a treasure trove of artifacts pertaining to Vicksburg, Mississippi, Civil War and U.S. history. Built atop one of the highest hills in hilly Vicksburg in 1858, it was a symbol of Confederate resistance during the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, surviving the bombardment of Union gunboats even though its clock tower was a target of Union gunners. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968 and a Mississippi Landmark in 1986. The landmarked area includes the entire Courthouse Square, which includes the Greek Revival courthouse and four cistern buildings. The courthouse became a museum in 1948. It contains exhibits that detail the terrible ordeal suffered by the citizens of Vicksburg during the siege, cannon balls and shells and bullets recovered from the battlefield, original Civil War battle flags and rare samples of newspapers that had to be printed on wallpaper during the siege. Other displays highlight the Native American history in Mississippi and the Choctaw Trail of Tears and a set of Trophy Antlers won by the famed riverboat Robert E. Lee. Visitors to the Old Courthouse also can purchase original coins and bullets and artillery shell fragments at the Gift Shop. No reproductions here. Perhaps the most interesting exhibit of all is the second floor courtroom, which remains much as it was in the Civil War period. Jefferson Davis, the future President of the Confederacy, lived on a plantation south of Vicksburg and often argued cases in the courtroom prior to the war. In fact, Davis began his political career with a speech on the Old Courthouse grounds. Next to the battlefield itself and the U.S.S. Cairo exhibit, there isn't any other historic site in Vicksburg that is more interesting and compelling. It truly is part of our history.
Written May 1, 2016
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bobca1947
home661 contributions
There is a very one sided southern view of the Civil War and the Confederacy in this museum. They really downplayed and almost justified the suffering and plight of the slaves. The displays looked old and tired. I regret spending time and money on this museum.
Written February 18, 2020
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Stacy W
Jackson, MS89 contributions
Couples
I agree with the previous reviews of the glossing over the US Colored troops in the Civil War. The few sections they do have that mention black influence over the era kind of uses it as a way to make Confederate whites seem better than they were. For example, the display about black soldiers has a quote from Nathan Bedford Forest (founder of the KKK) about how courageous the solders were, but no quotes that I can remember from any actual black soldiers. Also, yes, Jeff Davis is highly praised. There is a quote displayed about how he was not regretful for anything he did after the fact of the war and "if I had the chance to do it again, I would do it just as I did in 1861" - which is now my go to quote I say anytime I see someone with a bad tattoo. The gift shop offerings about heritage and history lessons create a polarizing atmosphere.

With that being said; it's very detailed and well taken care of. It's a beautiful building on a hill that is amazing to see lit up at night. It should be protected and open to the public. They have a lot of artifacts to see how life was like a hundred and fifty years ago in Vicksburg. The court room is a lot of fun to see and walk around. There is also a cat that roams the rooms. Either that or there is a ghost cat; my husband and I can't agree. Overall, good for a couple of hours if you like museums or that time of history, but it could be more welcoming to all walks of life.
Written April 1, 2019
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Orla M
London, UK17 contributions
Couples
The most disgusting tribute to slavery I've ever seen. Why is this museum open in 2016. Oh..but they have a lovely display of confederate memorabilia. Makes me ashamed to be white
Written February 15, 2016
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Old Court House Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM