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The Museum of the Confederacy, Telling Civil War History
The Museum of the Confederacy, Telling Civil War History

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - While on my Civil War quest of the past few years and staying in the Richmond/Petersburg Virginia area we found upon the Museum of the Confederacy. Now to the untrained or sometimes basis’ person, one may think that this was a place of Confederate Lost Causers or sympathizers but it was far from that. This is a truly world class museum loaded with information and articles pertaining to the American Civil War. It is not just dedicated to the preservation of such but also to the history of the area and to the preservation of the Confederate White House.

Our tour was one of the most informative in nature and recommended to anyone who has an interest in Civil War history. I also felt honored to have been offered an oppretunity to volunteer at the museum while there.

In the 1890s, the former Confederate White House was saved by a group of Richmond women, who formed the Confederate Memorial Literary Society. The White House of the Confederacy opened as the Confederate Museum on February 22, 1896. The organization promptly became the premier national repository of Confederate artifacts, acquiring the majority of its world-famous collection between 1896 and World War I. Learn more about the history of the Museum and the Civil War or find out more about our exciting events! Become a member and support Richmond’s oldest museum organization.

The Museum of the Confederacy’s mission is to serve as the preeminent world center for the display, study, interpretation, commemoration, and preservation of the history and artifacts of the Confederate States of America, United States of America and the American Civil War in general.

Come explore the Museum's three floors of galleries containing the world's most comprehensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs from the Confederate States of America. Be transported back in time as you wander past "Stonewall" Jackson's forage cap, J.E.B. Stuart's LeMat pistol, and Robert E. Lee's field tent. Learn about lesser-known topics like the daily lives of common soldiers, life on the home-front, and the Confederate Navy.

The centerpiece of the museum complex is a separate structure a few yards north of the museum building, across a shady, peaceful garden. The White House of the Confederacy was where Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family lived from 1861-1865. Visitors today can tour 11 restored rooms in this early 19th-century mansion, one of the most richly appointed and historically accurate sites remaining from this dramatic period in American history.

The Museum organizes and sponsors a variety of lectures and other special events and programs, inviting the public to join us in our exploration of American society in the 1800s. Please explore what’s happening at the Museum for more information on our schedule of these activities and their content. 

The Museum of the Confederacy Magazine, a 32-page color quarterly publication combines articles about the collection with Museum events and news.The only way to receive this magazine is to become a Museum member so Join Today! The Museum has also published several catalogues and journals based on our popular collections and exhibitions. These publications are available for purchase through our online store. You can also sign up for the monthly e-newsletter to stay up to date with Museum news.

If you are doing research or simply looking to experience the past face to face in a visit to Richmond, you’ll find the Museum is truly the place to meet the people of the Confederacy!

The Museum and White House of the Confederacy is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.  All financial contributions made to the Museum are tax-deductible.  You can view the Museum of the Confederacy's Form 990

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5:00 pm

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, Closing at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The White House is closed in January for cleaning and restoration.



New Prices Effective July 1, 2011


Combo Museum White House Adults $12.00 $9.00 $9.00  Seniors 62 and older $11.00 $8.00 $8.00 Youth 7-13 $7.00 $5.00 $5.00

Members, children under 7, and active duty military (with ID) are free. AAA members receive discounted admission.

Pre-booked groups of 10 or more receive a discount. The Museum is also available for rental for special events and parties. White House tours are limited to 20 people and are about 40 minutes long. Larger groups are accommodated on two or more tours. The Museum building takes about 1+ hours to go through thoroughly.

The Museum is currently participating in the Richmond Civil War Pass which includes three great Richmond sites for the low price of $15. You can buy a pass here or at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

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The Museum of the Confederacy
1201 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
804-649-1861 ~ (fax) 644-7150

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