American Civil War Museum

The American Civil War Museum is a museum in the town of Richmond, Virginia that focuses on the American Civil War. In April of 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union forces and Confederate troops disbanded into homes and farms across the South. One year later, seven women founded The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities with a mission to preserve this historic landmark site and save it from demolition by neglect.

This museum is located in the historic Tredegar Iron Works, which was founded by Joseph Reid Anderson after he bought and renamed it from John Lewis's son. The ironworks here were built on the site of a former Revolutionary War-era furnace, one that would be used for more than 100 years before closing at the end of WWII.

Today, The American Civil War Museum is home to the largest collection of artifacts and records from this period. With an award-winning film series, "The Human Experience," telling personal stories through interactive technology; a new exhibition gallery exploring how Americans experienced war at home; and visitor amenities such as educational programming space in the Education Center and Shop & Café; this museum is a must-see for Civil War buffs!

Five floors of exhibits

There are five floors of exhibits that explore different aspects of the Civil War era, including timelines, specific battles, and figures involved in the war.

There are also interactive exhibits that allow visitors to experience what life was like during this time period through virtual combat reenactments, slave auctions and more. Visitors can even speak with historical characters who will tell their stories of how they experienced the Civil War.

The museum also has an outdoor area with cannons, weapons, and other military artifacts. Another highlight is the Tredegar Iron Works which played a major role in supplying material for Confederate ships during the Civil War. Today visitors can learn about the history of this vital part of Richmond’s past from interpreters dressed in period costumes.


This museum is a must-see for history buffs, Civil War enthusiasts, and families looking to learn more about this era.

For the full experience of the American Civil War Museum - Historic Tredegar, visitors should plan at least two hours when visiting.

Admission includes access to all floors of exhibits and the outdoor space; children under 12 get free admission on Sundays from September through May (excluding December).


Mon-Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-4pm


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