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“Moving Experience”

The White House and Museum of the Confederacy
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2-Hour Richmond Landmark Segway Tour
Ranked #8 of 168 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.
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“Moving Experience”
Reviewed July 31, 2009

A non biased look at the experience of the common solider of the confederacy. The museum highlights the many aspects of southern life during the great war. However, the museum does not glorify, but instead provides a human perspective of the suffering on all sides of the conflict. The experience is a must for any history buff who wants to know the roots of our current climate of political discourse in the south.

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“If you only have time to visit one historical venue in Richmond, make it the Museum and White House of the Confederacy”
Reviewed June 9, 2009

The Museum and White House of the Confederacy is an outstanding site in Richmond, Virginia, truly a world class historical venue. We considered our visit there to be the highlight of our vacation. In addition to the well organized exhibits on three floors of the main museum building, there is a guided tour of the original White House where President Jefferson Davis and his family lived during the War Between the States. We found the tour of the White House of the Confederacy to be very informative. Since photographs may not be taken during the tour, the museum gift shop offers a very nice pictorial tour book that we obtained. We decided to become members of the Museum of the Confederacy and are very happy that we did. It offers free admission, a magazine, and other benefits. Be sure to allow a few hours to fully enjoy this attraction. You can obtain a list of nearby restaurants from the reception desk and return after lunch to complete your visit. Pause awhile in the attractive garden area at the rear of the White House. Overall, a great experience. WARNING: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center more or less surrounds the Museum and White House. See the museum's web site for parking information. The museum will validate your parking ticket at no charge. However, the medical center parking lot attendant may attempt to misdirect you and tell you to have your parking ticket validated for $2 in the medical center that you must pass through. He did this to us but fortunately we had studied the museum's web site information and knew better!

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“White House is closed thru February 2009”
Reviewed January 28, 2009

White House was closed thru February 2009, but the Museum is open. The Museum is a lot worn around the edges. But definitely worth visiting. There's a lot of reading. So it may become tedious for children. The audio tour was good.

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“Worth the effort”
Reviewed October 27, 2008

Very nice museum, and the white house has been perserved well. Sadly, it is stuck in downtown with little parking. Use the parking deck, our parking ticket was validated at the museum. we stayed parked several hours while touring downtown.

Very reasonably priced and worth the visit

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“Moving Experience”
Reviewed September 27, 2008

I am not a civil war history buff and walked away from the Museum and Confederate White House completely impressed. I was moved by the many civil war artifacts and tragic stories of the brave men who went to battle for the Confederacy. Reading the individual stories that accompany unifoms riddled with bullet holes and stained by blood of a long ago generation hits you whether or not you are from the South. If you want to see civil war artifacts, then the Museum and White House are a must visit. By the way, shame on the VA politicians over the last 25 years that allowed this historical motherland of the Confederacy be almost swallow-up by modern office buildings

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