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“For Civil War History Buffs”

Texas Civil War Museum
Ranked #11 of 158 things to do in Fort Worth
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Mineral Wells, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“For Civil War History Buffs”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

We went with a crowd from church and we were pleasantly surprised with all the things they had on display. I understand they have added more since we were there and I'd love to go back.

2 Thank Margie317
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Oban, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great Exhibit”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Well worth a visit.Extremely well presented and informative.
Only thing it lacks is a cafe but plenty are available nearby.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Scout2205
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Moore, Oklahoma
Level 6 Contributor
348 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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“Maybe not "bigger"...but one of the "best"!”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Positives: great collection, inexpensive admission
Negatives: mediocre intro video, spelling on some captions, out of the way

Despite its history as a "rough-and-tumble cowtown", Fort Worth is home to an amazing diversity of cultural attractions: art, entertainment, dining, and education are all available in this one-time frontier outpost.

Add "outstanding Civil War museum" to the list.

The Texas Civil War Museum has one of the most interesting and well-presented collections of Civil War artifacts we've seen. The assemblage is not as large as prominent locations like Gettysburg or Vicksburg, but is more comprehensible due in part to it's smaller size. (One staff member called it "intimate"... That's a good adjective.)

Located on Loop 820 in far northwest Fort Worth (near White Settlement), the building's front resembles an antebellum home (or a government building.) As museums go, it's modestly sized.

Exhibits feature an amazingly broad selection, including historic weapons, uniforms, personal items, flags...even musical instruments. Display cases are clearly and cleverly arranged. Union artifacts are located on the north side of rooms, Confederate displays are on the south. Artifacts are logically arranged and well-lighted.

The first five exhibit halls contain items from both North and South, but the sixth is dedicated to Texas' role in the conflict. In my opinion, the highlight of this hall is an extremely detailed battle diorama. One could spend hours looking at the individual stories woven into this display.

Beyond the Texas exhibit, an extensive exhibit of ladies' wear from 1850 to 1900 completes the tour. As one might expect, my wife enjoyed this section, but I did, too! The designs created to accommodate various styles was indeed amazing!

Throughout the museum, informative captions accompany each artifact. Where possible, they list the owner, area of origin, function, and use. (We noticed a few spelling and punctuation errors, but that's a minor problem compared to information each caption provides.)

Quotes by famous persons of the era are also posted in various places.

Several video presentations are available to explain aspects of the war. The first presentation outlines Texas' involvement in the war. It's shown in the museum theater. Graphics are coarse, but the narration is informative. Overall, we thought it was worthwhile.

Other videos describe the life of soldiers in detail. They appear on televisions strategically located in different exhibit halls and the production is much better.

The gift shop has a nice variety of reasonably-priced books and souvenirs. We don't often buy items in museum stores, but found a book of interest. We also found a good collection of free brochures describing points of interest in Texas, and brochures for Civil War sites from Texas to the Atlantic coast.

Perhaps the best recommendation we can give is not our own. Two different groups of 20-something travelers came during our visit. We usually see older patrons, or families with elementary-school aged children, at places like this. Both groups stayed a considerable amount of time looking at pieces and reading information.

At $6.00 per adult, admission is a great bargain. (Similar area attractions cost up to five times as much!) Parking is free.

If you're interested in mid-19th century American history, this museum a "must see". Allow plenty of time to take it all in. We estimate most people could spend a couple of hours there. However, we were there three hours, and still couldn't take it all in. Now that we know the museum exists and its location, we can visit again to pick up where we left off.

Visited October 2012
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Arlington, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“a wonderful treasure”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

I honestly didn't know about this museum and i've lived in the metroplex almost all of my life. Terrific, informative, low key, exhibit. What a tremendous collection of of civil war era militia gear including pistols, rifles, swords, and delicious hardtack! The staple of military diet. Yes it sounded flavorless and hard as a brick but I darn sure wanted to get one and put some p.b. on it. Even like the Victorian dresses and perhaps the most intriguing of all was sword that was given to General Grant as a gift. What a beautiful work of art! Most exhibits aren't this good. This is truly a real hidden treasure by comparison.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Jay P
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cindy h, General Manager at Texas Civil War Museum, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you for visiting. We hope you will be able to come again.
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Mabank, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice collection”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

This museum is not huge but it does have a nice collection of Civil War pieces. I especially enjoyed the Confederate hand grenade. There is an informative movie of Texas in the Civil War. The admission is cheap and there is a nice gift shop. I would recommend a visit for a history buff.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank TerryLeeW
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