The American Civil War Museum

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Museum of the Confederacy

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480 Tredegar St.

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Museums, Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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The American Civil War Museum actually comprises three sites: The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy can both be found in Richmond, while the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox sits in Appomattox, Virginia (about 95 miles west of Richmond). Thanks to its comprehensive collection of Confederate artifacts, weapons and art, this museum is a required stop for Civil War buffs. 

The Historic Tredegar's permanent exhibit is "A People's Contest: Struggles for Nation and Freedom in Civil War America," which explores the Civil War chronologically through the eyes of military leaders and civilians. The multimedia exhibit wins rave reviews from visitors. The White House of the Confederacy, nearby Tredegar, is the former home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Guided tours through the house leave from the museum lobby regularly throughout the day. Past museumgoers said the home is well preserved and the docents are informative. If you decide to travel further afield to Appomattox, you'll find "Enacting Freedom: Black Virginians in the Age of Emancipation," an exhibit that explores Black Virginians' experiences following freedom from enslavement.

You can visit Tredegar and the White House separately or together. However, the White House is currently closed for tours due to the coronavirus pandemic. Historic Tredegar is open Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each site requires its own entrance fee, though you can buy combo tickets to the museum and the Appomattox site. Tickets to the museum cost $16 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 to 17. Tickets to the White House cost $9 for adults and $5 for children. Visit the American Civil War Museum website for more information.

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