MO is so rich in Civil War history, and this museum leads the visitor through most of its aspects. The 1905 building (along with its sister building undergoing renovation) faces the parade grounds of Jefferson Barracks military post, and has been restored to its former glory. A fenced parking lot is north of the building, and a side door and elevator for handicapped visitors can be accessed there. Inside, friendly staff will point you to the pre-Civil War room to begin, and answer any questions. The museum is family-friendly; however, tots to young children won't grasp the scope and complexities of the war. I'm told the exhibits are constantly expanding, with over a thousand more artifacts to be displayed as funds become available. Downstairs are more exhibits and a very good video on MO battles. This is a little graphic in a few spots for young children. A good gift shop. The sister building will house a library and an educational center. A good family outing, and I met people from 3 different countries (England, Germany, and Australia) and 4 states while I was there. They are open every day 9 - 5.
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