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“Three perspectives of the Civil War well presented”

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
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$68.00*
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2-Hour Richmond Landmark Segway Tour
Ranked #20 of 168 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The American Civil War Museum is the nation's first museum to interpret the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives. Discover a new way of looking at our shared national history that explains much of who we are as Americans today through our signature exhibit, In the Cause of Liberty.
Paradise, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Three perspectives of the Civil War well presented”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

We had planned a full day of 4 museums in Richmond this day -- Tredegar Iron Works, American Civil War Museum, Museum of the Confederacy and the White House of the Confederacy. Since we only had this one day, this was really an ambitious undertaking so we first toured Tredegar (right next door on the same property) and then this ACW museum. Between the 2, we spent 4 1/2 hours but we read almost everything in the ACWM. We were very fortunate in that it was a quiet day, mid-week. I think it may be a bit challenging to get near all of the sign-boards which lead you on a path through the museum. But it was perfect for us on the day we visited. We recommend that you purchase the combo ticket for Tredegar and ACWM at Tredegar. Don't forget to get your parking ticket validated at the ACWM before you leave.

It is a chronological museum so it's best understood if you go in order. It winds around the first floor and then you take an elevator to the second floor. It is open, airy and modern. All kinds of charts and an incredible treasure trove of information. The conflict is presented from 3 perspectives -- northerner, southerner and slave. It was so well done and the issues are so complex. It was here that I really was taught to appreciate it's complexity.

We loved this museum and recommend it to people who are ok with lots of reading of sign-boards. There are a few places they show short films, which were helpful, but mostly, you are learning about how the conflict was viewed from all 3 sides.

Visited May 2013
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Central Virginia
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“Lots of good information but atmosphere is distracting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great information in the museum covering the whole war and wonderful artifacts. But the museum is very dimly lit making it very hard to read the exhibit signs and the ones that were highlighted there was a glare making it even harder to read. The music from the various films was too loud and was distracting. The space is very small so the sound carries throughout and the music and audio were all playing at the same time at one point.

Overall we enjoyed the museum visit but it was too bad the atmosphere was distracting. Park in the NPS lot and visit to there as well to get the free parking!

Visited June 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Good place to start a Civil War tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

An interesting place with some good overall information. Particularly worth a stop if you are going to visit the battlefields in the area. Especially good information for children.

Visited April 2013
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Matthews, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Concise Civil War History Lesson for Adults and Older Children”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Museum well laid out and provides several levels of history of the war. Excellent use of film, interactives, and artifact displays to help tell the story. Friendly staff. Museum shop.

Good for those new to this history story and those who need a Civil War refresher. Would not recommend for very young children; would not grasp concepts and could be disruptive to other visitors.

Set along the river and canal walk. Plenty of room to view remains of Tredegar iron works, Belle Island, pedestrian bridge. This is where the kids can run free.

National parks exhibit is next door...free and three stories. We did not have time to visit so cannot offer a comparison. Next trip....

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New Market, Va
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“Too few artifacts”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Story boards were good, but not exceptional. If they had been printed in a book, there would have been no need for the museum. Home, Union, and Freedom was ok

Visited February 2013
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