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Museum of the Confederacy
Museum of the Confederacy

Enter the Museum of the Confederacy to be transported back in time to four years that defined two nations. The museum began as a collection displayed in the Confederate White House. After the Civil War, the city of Richmond, which had leased the house to the Confederacy, decided to turn it into a school and sold the furnishings at auction. In the 1890's the building, set to be razed to build a new school, was purchased by a group of ladies whose husbands and sons had died in the war. They began using it as a museum to display artifacts.

Slowly, original pieces from the home of Jefferson Davis were brought back to the Confederate White House. In 1977 the decision was made to restore the White House to its appearence in 1861-1862 and house the Museum of the Confederacy in an adjacent building.

Visiting the museum

Enter on the First Floor and purchase tickets for both the Confederate White House and the Museum of the Confederacy. Tours of the White House leave from the lobby of the museum. Tickets are moderately priced and there is a substantial discount if you buy a ticket for both attractions.

On the first floor each of the major battles and/or campaigns fought in the Civil War (War Between The States) is briefly described, along with displays of important memorabilia. The lower floor contains the original painting titled The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson and additional artwork, an homage to the Confederate soldier, and a section to display the museum's newest additions.

Location:Downtown Richmond adjacent to the Medical College of Virginia

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