American Civil War Museum

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Museum of the Confederacy

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1201 E Clay St.

Price & Hours

Prices vary by building
Hours vary by building

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The American Civil War Museum actually comprises three sites: The Museum and White House of the Confederacy and Historic Tredegar can both be found in Richmond, while the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox sits in Appomattox, Virginia. Thanks to its comprehensive collection of Confederate artifacts, weapons and art, this museum is a required stop for Civil War buffs. There are also several war flags on display, like the flag of the 11th Alabama Infantry, the Headquarters Flag of General Robert E. Lee and the flag that was draped on Jefferson Davis' casket in 1893. The museum's location, on East Clay Street, is also significant  the mansion next door was once Davis' home. You can visit both the museum and the Confederate president's abode, which is also known as the Confederate White House. Guided tours through the house leave from the museum lobby regularly throughout the day.

You can visit the Museum of the Confederacy by itself or just tour the White House. But several recent travelers opted for the combo ticket instead, which costs $18 for adults and $9 for youths between the ages of 6 and 17. Parking is free. The White House and Museum of the Confederacy are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Historic Tredegar is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the American Civil War Museum website for more information.

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#1 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Most visitors are impressed with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, comparing its collections to what you would find in the art museums of much larger cities. 

This Museum District standout is best known for its five gorgeous Fabergé eggs, but it also features works by Degas, Cézanne and Renoir, and large collections of African, Indian and Tibetan art. Recent visitors were especially impressed with the McGlothlin Collection of American Art. Reviewers said it's impossible to see everything in just one visit and recommend setting aside at least several hours to peruse. If you can, try visiting more than once during your Richmond trip. Aside from the amazing collections, travelers were also impressed with Amuse Restaurant, located on-site (often considered one of Richmond's best restaurants).

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