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“Well Worth the Search” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The White House and Museum of the Confederacy

The White House and Museum of the Confederacy
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$40.00*
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2-Hour Richmond Landmark Segway Tour
Ranked #6 of 167 things to do in Richmond
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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.
New Bern, North Carolina
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“Well Worth the Search”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

This museum is very well designed and laid out, but quite challenging to find. After much wandering about downtown streets,I finally located it literally surrounded by the VCU Medical College on Clay Street. I was walking. If you are trying to find it by car, I honestly do not know where you would park. Given that, it is well worth the effort. The Museum is in a modern building next to the antebellum mansion that served as the White House of the Confederacy. In glass covered displays you can view hundreds of personal belongings from soldiers and civilians of the Civil War period - uniforms, flags, personal items, military equipment and weapons from numerous battles. They have the majority of General Lee’s campaign possessions, Stonewall Jackson's sword and cap, and some notable images, documents and artwork from the Confederate era. You are given a guided tour of the White House and our guide was both knowledgeable and funny. The whole experience allows you to really feel and understand what it was like to be here in the Confederate Capital during and after the war.

Visited May 2014
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“better than expected!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

My interest in this museum was little as I have seen similar before and been underwhelmed. This was a very well done museum and arranged in an interesting and very educational way. This isn't just artifacts but tells the great story of this war and what it was like to be a soldier (on both sides!). Well done and worth a visit!

Visited May 2014
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“Civil War Relic Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

By far the best collection of memorabilia from the Civil War, this museum has everything a history buff could ask for. Actual items from Lee, Jackson, and Stuart are exhibited along with an amazing array of period art. Ladies period dress as well as home front displays will involve the whole family. The tour of the adjacent White House of the Confederacy should be taken in as well. Free all-day parking in the hospital parking deck next door is very convenient, just get there by 10:00 am to get a spot, because the deck fills up early.

Visited May 2014
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Abbotsford, Canada
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“A Fair Picture of the Confederacy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2014

The self-guided tour through the well-crafted museum displays and the tour through the "White House of the Confederacy were excellent. Not being from the South, we were captivated by the history and extent of involvement of the country that we never realized before this visit. The docent for the White House was exceptional and helped put a human touch on this very human struggle. Particularly interesting was the notion that the South thought highly of George Washington and his role in helping the country break free from England. For the South, the Confederacy was the next "logical" step for them taking the struggle on down to protect state rights over a centralized national government.

A note on the location: The museum and White House is "cradled" within the sprawl of a large city medical center. Even though we knew the address ahead of time, finding it in a city with one way streets, parking in a busy parking ramp with limited parking and following the sketchy signage was a bit tricky. You might want to allow a little extra time for your visit.

Visited April 2014
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“Uderwhelming”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

I have long wanted to visit this museum. Although the building is fairly new the collection is pretty basic. It does not compare well to actual battlefield museums such as Gettysburg or Antietam (although those might be Federally funded). Most of the uniforms looked moth eaten. The $15 entry fee would have been an overcharge if not for the Tour of the Confederate Whitehouse. This is done in the original White House next door. Our tour guide (Michael?) was superb. Incredible diction and voice that was always easy to hear in our large group. Most of the furniture and much artwork actually was present when Jefferson Davis was president of the confederacy. The only drawback to the tour is that the group as too large. Several times we could not even fit into the room Michael was discussing. yet, overall the tour was exceptional.

Visited April 2014
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