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“One room chock full of memorabilia.”

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum
Ranked #28 of 63 things to do in Springfield
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Our collection includes relics of the Civil War but highlights the membership and work done by the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and their auxiliary, the Woman's Relief Corps (W.R.C.). Visitors to the museum receive a brief description of what the museum is and what you will see. You have the option to view the displays and read the interpretive panels on your own or receive a guided tour complete with additional descriptions and more in-depth commentary. Depending on the date of your visit, special exhibits may be on display.
Reviewed June 16, 2014

Donation only room with memorabilia from Union soldiers and from their conventions after the war. Interesting for Civil War buffs. Helpful lady in charge. Takes 20-30 min. depending on your interest. Check for opening times.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

This is a small museum PACKED with Civil War historical artifacts. Specifically designed for the serious history tourist. Very fascinating, highlighting personal stories of soldiers. This also is a museum for the Civil War Women's Auxiliary. Again, very fascinating to learn about the support and work the wives and mothers did during that time.

6  Thank TigerMama12
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Grand Army of the Republic was a veteran organization that was form after the Civil War. The last member died in 1956 I believe. Hours to this museum appears not to be set in time but the lady who run the place was kind enough to let me in even although it was bit after closing hour.

The museum proves to be highly interesting and definite worth while visit to anyone interested in the Civil War because the men who once wore these fine ribbons, medals, held those books, banners, artifacts and stuff, were men who fought in that war. Although I wish for more explanatory notes on stuff I was looking at, I am not all that unfamiliar with the GAR so I can get by. And you can take photos!! I kind of wish I had more time to look but I really didn't want to impose after closing time. It was a great visit nevertheless!!

2  Thank SirHoot
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

The GAR was a veterans organization following the Civil War. This is a museum documenting their history and has a cool accumulation of stuff. As a museum experience its mostly just cases of stuff with little storyline. However it is an interesting place to burrow through and the director was charming and helpful. As for the flag that broke Booth's leg... there are several of those.

4  Thank Norman S
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a small volunteer-run museum. They have a lot of artifacts, some of which seem to have a lot of significance. The displays are simple and there are not a lot of explanatory panels that tell the story of the museum, GAR, or the Women's Auxiliary, which would be helpful, but the volunteer on duty was willing to chat and explain if you asked. I wouldn't recommend it for young children. Upper elementary and up would be more appropriate.

3  Thank graysnow18
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