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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219-4330
+1 804-649-1861
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219-4330
+1 804-649-1861
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well laid out - easy access (when roads will be re opened) - causes of Civil War not really well explained -pretty biased towards the north point of view

Thank Paul V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have a grandson who loves the Civil War and is dedicated to having me take him to ALL the associated battlefields and museums. We are making good headway, especially after an intense week of nothing else this summer. This museum was well-worth seeing with...More

Thank Barb E
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Excellent museum that gives you a good perspective on the enormous cost to our nation brought on by the Civil War. The loss of lives boggles the mind, yet this exhibit walks you through the disastrous conflict from start to finish. Combine this with a...More

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Are you kidding me?! Lots of money probably spent for this small dark cavern - exhibit will be moved in 2 years to new facility being built right behind this one - HOPEFULLY THEY WILL PUT IN LIGHTING in the new placeMore

Thank 831ljm
ACWMuseum, Public Relations Manager at American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for visiting and sharing your feedback. We are sorry that your visit was less than satisfactory due to the exhibit lighting. We are working hard to ensure that our exhibits in the new museum building will be exceptional both in the content they...More

Reviewed 25 July 2017

Located near the canals and the river, the American Civil War Center is adjacent to the Tredegar Iron Works. The museum is fun to walk through and explores slavery at the time just prior to and during the period of the Civil War. The staff...More

Thank Lyndy B
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Give yourself at least 2 hours to see the museum. Parking is free with admission to the museum otherwise it's $5. The museum does a good job on presenting a balanced view of the causes and impact on the North, the South and on African...More

1  Thank JDA60
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

A beautiful building and with so much to see and do. I am over museums stuffed with glass viewing cabinets. Here you have plenty you can touch and feel as well as three short but fascinating films which will appeal to all ages There is...More

Thank Howard D
Reviewed 19 July 2017

First rule- no photos. This museum was very dark and it made it hard to read the history writings for the exhibits. Lots of exhibits on the effects of the war on the population, and very little on the actual war actions.The museum gift shop...More

Thank mcdh4561
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I went to the museum for about 2 hours on a Saturday morning. The setting at Historic Tredegar is interesting so I would make sure you have time to visit the ironworks in addition to the civil war museum. The price for one adult was...More

Thank Colin M
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We enjoyed the collection of historical items and information. They are presented with great care and consideration for the subject. It's not a large place, so worth the time to visit. It also had a very nice souvenir shop. Our only complaint was that the...More

Thank tiesthatbind
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Patrick F
30 July 2017|
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Response from JDA60 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely go to the battlefields there are ton of battlefields in the area but you need to do some driving.
Matt S
17 March 2017|
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Response from ACWMuseum | Property representative |
Thanks Matt for your interest in visiting, and thanks to Mark and Mac for chiming in with answers. Typically, our visitors spend one to two hours at any of our three museums, though that time can certainly be extended for... More
18 March 2016|
Response from ACWMuseum | Property representative |
Hello Selena316. Admission to our Historic Tredegar museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for youth age 6-17. You can find info about combining admission to our other locations on our website. Thanks!