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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

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Address: 500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219-4330
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+1 804-649-1861
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The American Civil War Museum is the nation's first museum to interpret the...

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.

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2-Hour Richmond Landmark Segway Tour
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Great Civil War Museum!

As Northerns we were somewhat skeptical of going to an unbiased Southern Civil War Museum. Were we wrong! The Tredeger Museum was fantastic! It's exhibits made a point of showing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Center includes a number of buildings from the historic Tredegar Gun Foundry and a separate museum that will be enlarged in 2017. Entrance to the National Park Service portion of the site is free; the Civil War Center museum commands a moderate fee. The main building (the Pattern Building), emblazoned by the words "Historic Tredegar" and operated by NPS,... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

As Northerns we were somewhat skeptical of going to an unbiased Southern Civil War Museum. Were we wrong! The Tredeger Museum was fantastic! It's exhibits made a point of showing the South, North, & Slave points of the view. The exhibits were varied, some reading, some primary source pictures, quotes, videos, and others interactive. Sequenced in chronological order, were were... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I enjoyed the exhibits, but the museum was smaller than what I would have expected for Richmond. We were there on the day before Veteran's Day and it was completely empty. It is self-guided and there are some interesting interactive displays and films. Right next door Tredegar Iron Works Museum so should see both. If one is in town and... More 

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Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Very nice museum. Very informative. Some interactive displays. I've been to Gettysburg and this is similar - but a much smaller scale and from the southern perspective.

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Manassas, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Well done, and the preservation of the site and canal trails are great. The interactive displays kept me interested. The lighting levels could be increased since it was hard to see some items.

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West Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Our tour took us here on day 6 of our tour. We had been to several civil war sites and museums, but I understood and appreciated the War better after just an hour at the ACWC. The format of the presentation is fabulous and the perspectives used to present the information is great! If you really want to understand the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

gives one a wonderful understanding of the Civil War's timeline and various battles. Don't miss it if you're interested in that war.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Really high quality audio visual presentations highlight a museum that is continuing to evolve and expand. The museum attempts to view the Civil War from various perspectives and integrate that a number of different issues inevitably led to the Civil War. Also visit the Tredegar Iron Works next door that is run by the national park service.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

There's yet another civil war museum (the American Civil War museum), and there's the Tredegar iron works. We had already visited the the National Civil War Museum (larger and more comprehensive) in Harrisburg, PA, and the Museum of the Confederacy (disappointing, up the hill in downtown Richmond), so we were rather "museum'ed out". The museums have a lot of overlap.... More 

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Cayce, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

My wife and I wanted to see some historical sites/displays while passing through Richmond. We arrived and noticed a lot of tents being set up. Apparently there was a folk festival that evening (6pm) but didn't think it would affect us since it was 11am. A lady in front of the parking lot said "Y'all will have to go else... More 

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