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“Excellent museum for Civil War buffs and lovers of historic homes”

Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History
Ranked #5 of 22 things to do in Danville
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

My husband is a keen student of the Civil War, and he was pleased to see some items that he's never seen exhibited. The house is beautifully appointed with impecable attention to the details of the period. You'll feel as if the family and Jeff Davis have just stepped out! The audio tour is informative, and the docents can answer any questions that you might have.

They accommodate group tours. Seniors only pay $4--a real bargain. Parking is in the rear, and you enter in back. Take time to drive around the area to see some of the beautiful old homes.

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Reviewed October 17, 2011

I grew up near Danville, so I am familiar with earlier versions of this building and its historical significance. Until our recent visit, however, I had not seen its development or experienced the high level of presentation. The introductory film and the audio tour compare favorably with the best in this country and beyond. Wall signage enhances the experience. Who would expect the friendliness of the staff?

Any serious student of American history would enjoy the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. No Civil War buff should miss it as a primary source. In addition, the museum offers art galleries, a performance hall, and a Danville hall of fame - all in a splendidly restored building surrounded by lawns and gardens.

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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Hard to believe this home is as old as it is. It's a shame that the city of Danville added on to it back around 1930(?). When we went this past week, the tour fee is $5, and they give you a cd player with headphones for your tour. They had a lot of cool old furniture from the period, some it was the personal furniture of the original owners. I'm not a big Civil War buff, but this place was very interesting, and I would recommend it to others. Also check out the fine old homes going down main street heading toward downtown. I didn't realize this many old homes from the 1800's were in Danville. Check it out!

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Reviewed February 22, 2008

I had the opportunity to visit the Danville Museum on a free afternoon by myself. As I am from the West Coast I do not know as much about the Civil War as I probably should but I feel like after a visit to this attraction I have learned a lot. I was greeted by two of the docents in the museum and had the good fortune of being the only visitor. I was given a personal tour of the Last Capitol of the Confederacy by a knowlegable docent. The house, originally belonging to Major Wm. T. Sutherlin, is really a remarkable place to tour. I was treated as a special guest to every staff member and volunteer I encountered.

Admission to the museum is free, however donations are gratefully accepted in a donations box.

The official tour begins with a 13 minute video describing Mjr. Sutherlin and the area history. By the time the tour concluded I was sorry I had left my camera at the B & B (see my other Danville review) and plan to return tomorrow to capture some of the sights. The real 'claim to fame' for this house (and museum) is that President Jefferson Davis resided here at the conclusion of the Civil War. It was here that Davis authored his last proclamation as President of the Confederacy. (The actual desk he sat at is still in the house.) In addition to the Sutherlin artifacts, there are many Civil War era antiques and memorabilia to see. I found interesting the Civil War time medical supplies including gruesome bone saws and other 'invasive' instruments.

I was quite moved by an actual, original newspaper announcing the death of President Lincoln.

Danville has been through many changes and continues to flux but spared the modern upheaval is the Last Capital of the Confederacy. I feel honored to have visited this historic location.

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Reviewed May 6, 2013
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