Where Am I RVA? Museum of the Confederacy
Posted on January 22, 2013
During the sesquicentennial anniversary of the War Between the States — which began in 2009 and will continue through 2015 — collections of Civil War artifacts and materials have been a more popular tourism draw throughout the country.
Richmond, of course, was one of the Capitals of the Confederacy and there is no shortage of museums, battlegrounds, homes and historic sites dedicated to the history of the Civil War.
The Museum of the Confederacy in downtown Richmond offers exhibitions, showcasing hundreds of personal belongings from soldiers and civilians; uniforms, flags, military equipment & weapons from battles both famous and obscure; the majority of General Robert E. Lee’s campaign possessions; and some the most important images, documents and artwork from the Confederate era.
Some of the larger displays at the museum:
The Confederate Years: The Southern Military in the Civil War
Between the Battles
Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum’s Vaults
The War Comes Home
Tours also include the National Historic Landmark that is the White House of the Confederacy, the restored house that served as the executive mansion for President Jefferson Davis and his family during the Civil War. Guided tours take the visitor through period rooms resplendent in Rococo-revival furniture, flocked wallpaper, silk upholstery, and Brussels carpeting. Robert E. Lee was a frequent visitor to the mansion, and Abraham Lincoln made a brief visit after the fall of Richmond.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day, early Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
1201 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (855) 649-1861
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