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“Looking inside the lives of those affected”

The White House and Museum of the Confederacy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The White House and Museum of the Confederacy are located in downtown Richmond's historic Court End neighborhood, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. Guided tours of Jefferson Davis' executive mansion leave from the Museum lobby throughout the day and typically last around 45 minutes. Three floors of exhibits in the Museum chronicle the war years through the personal belongings of Confederate leaders like Robert E. Lee as well as those of common soldiers and citizens on the homefront.
Reviewed October 21, 2013

What I liked most about this museum is that it didn't only focus on the political reasons for the Civil War - having grown up in Richmond, we certainly heard enough about it. This museum focused on the military strategies used, and then on the lives of those who remained at home during the war. It was interesting to view the war from this point of view. The museum doesn't glorify what happened, it simply shows what life was like. Our favorite part was the tour of the White House of the Confederacy - I've done the tour twice, and will likely do it many more times, as each docent tells different stories each time. Eventually, I hope to hear them all! It was good to hear about the families as people and imagine what they were going through during and after the war - reminds us all that they were also mere mortals/people who were prone to misconceived notions.

Thank Louise B
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

A well designated Museum and informative on the Confederate Army of the Civil War. Being interested in this part of the United States history it was very enjoyable and informative.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Spent a couple of hours here. The museum has many artefacts (mainly uniforms and equipment) but slightly skips on the main themes of how and why the civil war happened. The tour of the White House was highly informative and filled in some of these gaps - this was the best part of the visit, as it was conducted by a very knowledgeable guide who was happy to answer questions and highlight the key points.

One tip - park in the hospital car park and get your ticket endorsed at reception - parking is then free.

Thank Chuffer81A
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Having visited 9 Civil War sites in the previous 2 weeks we ended our tour here. The museum was very well laid out with many displays we had not seen at others we had visited. The women in war one was especially poignant. THe tour of the Confederate white house next door was very entertaining with many anecdotal asides from our knowledgeable guide. The furniture is mostly original and that which is not is a period piece not reproductions. With a little imagination you can envision what it was like 150 years ago to be in that spot. The staff in both the museum and on the white house tour were helpful and knowledgeable. Do this tour!

Thank wonderful58
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Ok... I know what you are thinking,,,, Gift shop??? We had only a few minutes to run into the Museum and take a peek; however, the gift shop was small but full of items I like such as flags , etc. I appreciated being able to get a Virginia flag and 1st national flag for my ancestor that for in the Virginia Cavalry. I was also able to sneak in for a last tour of the day of the White House and enjoyed the home. The parking is poor but be patient, If you love history this could be the right stop!!

Thank Tami H
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