The state of Virginia certainly played a major role in our nation’s Civil War, and luckily many of the historical treasures have been collected, preserved and housed in the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. Located at 1201 East Clay Street in Richmond’s Court End area, the Museum of the Confederacy paints a realistic picture of what it was like to have lived through the United States darkest hour, while neither understating the horrors nor romanticizing historical facts. Opened in 1896 and created upon the efforts of a collection of Richmond society ladies, the Museum of the Confederacy has expanded considerably over the years and now houses over 15,000 unique items.
The Museum of the Confederacy offers an amazing collection of Civil War memorabilia and historical artifacts that cannot be viewed publicly anywhere else in the world. Items of a private nature that were once owned by Confederate leaders such as Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Lewis Armistead and J.E.B. Stuart offer visitors a glimpse into the personal lives of great men and the manner in which they lived. Possessions common to the soldiers of the period are also on display such as uniforms, firearms, swords and saddles and horse equipment. The museum also features a collection of over 500 authentic flags that were actually used in Civil War battles.
The Museum of the Confederacy is also home to the Confederate White House which served as the executive mansion of President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Much of the Confederate White House remains exactly as it stood in the 1860’s, containing original artwork, antique furniture and tapestry.
A portion of the Museum of the Confederacy houses the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library, which serves as an important source of educational material on the Civil War, incorporating over 15,000 books and pamphlets and 1,000 sketches and prints. The Brockenbrough Library is a greatly utilized resource for Civil War scholars and academic institutions.
Visitors to the Museum of the Confederacy also have the opportunity to make purchases at the Haversack Store, which carries a vast assortment of Civil War related items such as flags, jewelry, toys, music and books.
The hours of operation for the Museum of the Confederacy are from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 5 PM on Sunday. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Further information can be obtained by calling the museum at 804-649-1861 or by visiting the museum website at firstname.lastname@example.org.