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“A lot of history in one spot!”

Old Court House Civil War Museum
Ranked #6 of 45 things to do in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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160 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A lot of history in one spot!”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

I was able to visit this museum on a recent trip to Winchester. There is so much history contained in this one building and it does not even come close to the scope of the history of the area. The museum is very user friendly and the people of Winchester are very helpful and friendly with a vast knowledge of the history of the area. I was visiting with my two daughters and they even became so engrossed in the material, we got a parking ticket! Well worth the entrance fee of $5 each; even with the $10 parking ticket on top of that! If you get a chance, stop in but pad in chatting time with the local historian!

Visited January 2013
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Winchester, Virginia
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7 reviews
“Beautiful building”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

The museum is beautifully done, with may many exhibits of finds from the Winchester area, which played a significant role in the Civil War, important to both north and south. The most interesting is the grafitti on the walls written by soldiers when the building was used as a jail during the war. It is not particularly interactive, so not super-interesting for younger children. From about 9 or 10 up, it is definitely worth a visit. And, of course, if you are a Civil War addict, it's a must.

Visited March 2012
Thank Mary K
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“delightful visit”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Incredible historic building filled with ammunition, uniform elements and the graffiti from actual prisoners and their brief biographies were deeply intriguing. If you are nice to the staff, they will even invite you to ring the courthouse Bell!

Visited October 2012
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Huntsville, Canada
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44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Very nice building the lady their was nice gives her little story then you go and look around courtroom, Then up stairs is all the history about war displays and stories etc.very interesting

Visited September 2012
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Not what I expected”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

My family and I went to the museum this past weekend. (Labor Day) We had been looking forward to it since our children started college in Winchester Virginia. The Court house is beautiful from the out side. When you enter the Court House, it is very pretty in side as well. There is a small gift shop with lots of books but not much of anything else. We were instructed to go into the main part of the court house where a young gentleman came in and spoke about the layout of the court house. It lasted about 3 minutes and while he seemed to know a lot of information, he didn't ask if there were any questions and after stated go up stairs and look as much as you like, he was gone. Up stairs is where there is suppose to be over 3000 different artifacts of the war. While there may have been, they were all the same items. Case of guns (mostly the same). Cannon Balls (mostly the same). Case after case of buttons off of uniforms. After the forth case I was tired of looking at them. It took us less that 30 minutes to see the complete museum and it cost 18.00 to get in. While this might not seem like much money, it is compaired to the time that was spent there. There really needs to be a bigger area of artifacts and there needs to be a little more information (posters, recording, reinactments, etc.) of what really happened during the war. It was ok for a first visit but I wouldn't go again.

Visited September 2012
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