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National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

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Address: 6125 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803-7494
Phone Number: +1 804-861-2408
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Gem of a museum which we nearly missed

Spent a week travelling around Richmond area visiting numerous museums and Civil war sites. This one stood head and shoulders above the others but we only discovered it by... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Spent a week travelling around Richmond area visiting numerous museums and Civil war sites. This one stood head and shoulders above the others but we only discovered it by accident. Excellent self guided tour of museum. Numerous activities every day with very well informed staff explaining the background to the activity or outside exhibit. Allow a morning or afternoon for... More 

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind review. The Richmond/Petersburg area has a plethora of historical sites. We are the only site in the area that features a significant Civil War battlefield, four world-class museums, and four historic homes (including a Confederate headquarters, a Union headquarters, and an original slave dwelling). We're also one of the only privately owned sites in... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We made the mistake of only giving ourselves two hours at this awesome gem of a museum! I could have spent all day! Using the auto program and headphones given at the beginning of the museum, you can listen to as little or as much as you would like. It's like having your own personal tour guide. It was fun,... More 

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks so much for your review! We sometimes hear from visitors that they simply ran out of time while they were here. We do have a lot to see, with four museums, fours historic homes, and nearly 5 miles of trails around historic battlefields. The average visitor spends about four hours. With our various audio programs, special events, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is more than a museum! See the detailed story of the civil war battles from north of Virginia to the Siege at Petersburg. Walk the grounds and get the soldier's daily life routine by tour guides, some dressed in period attire. Visit a settler's farm home and see the lifestyle of the family and the conversion of it by... More 

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review. There's a lot more to the story of the Civil War than just what the well-known generals and politicians were doing. Our exhibits focus on telling the story of day-to-day life for the common people that were living through that tumultuous period in our history. We interpret historic homes to show how life changed, from... More 

Colusa, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I received tremendous new insights into the lives of people involved in the Civil War. Our Tour Guide helped us to understand what life was like for the slaves on a tobacco farm. Various mediums were used to give us a feel of what life was like for soldiers on both sides of the conflict, including a film, a living... More 

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thank you very much! WIf you liked that, you may be interested in our overnight program, the Civil War Adventure Camp, where you can live the life of a Civil War soldier for 24 hours. Attendees camp in reconstructed barracks, learn drill and military tactics, practice battlefield code communications and fire period-accurate rifles. It's a fun, educational way to put... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

I love museum, and I try to see them all; the small one's, the big one's, the famous one's and so on. This museum blew me away with the civil war Soldier experience exhibit. This is a Disney quality exhibit. The the grounds and displays are also amazing, the recreate Battlefield let's you see what it was like for real... More 

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind review! One of our goals is to keep our exhibits accessible to visitors of all ages and interest levels. Whether you are a hardcore Civil War scholar or a first-time museum-goer, you should be able to come away with a better understanding of what Civil War life was like for the common soldier. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We toured here as a family and we are so glad we did. With so much civil war history available throughout Virginia, we had to prioritize which sites we visited. We were so glad that we made it here. The museum has a packed daily schedule of tours and experiences and were lucky enough to be able to time our... More 

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thanks for your thorough review! Along with being a pleasant and educational walk, our battlefields contain some very well preserved Civil War earthworks. When constructing the battlefield trails we utilized existing paths as much as possible and designed the nearly 5-mile trail system to showcase as much of the terrain as possible, including rifle pits, inundation areas, and some of... More 

Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is a must for anyone interested in history or any child to get more than a history book point of view. The life and times of the people caught up in the Civil War is touching and captivating. I heard kids asking all sorts of great questions about the displays and the... More 

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. One of our primary goals is to have something for every person that is interested in our shared history. Our exhibits and tours are designed to be accessible to first-time museum goers and hardcore Civil War academics alike. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Please come back soon! More 

Shepparton, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This is a first class museum that you need a good half day to view. The history of the Civil war is just so interesting and well presented

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. A half-day visit is typical for most visitors. This usually includes a walk through The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, followed by a tour of Tudor Hall (an authentic antebellum plantation home), the adjacent Field Quarter exhibit about the life of enslaved peoples, our reconstructed Fortifications & Military Encampment, the Battlefield Center,... More 

Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Put simply, this is a five star educational attraction for all ages. Go, you won't be disappointed. My wife and I spent 4-5 hours and still didn't see the inside of the Museum. We will definitely return. The sooner the better.

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We do have a lot to see. With four museums, four historic homes, and nearly five miles of trails around historic battlefields and original earthworks, you could spend an entire day here and still have more to see. We'd love to welcome you back so you can see Duty Called Me Here, the main exhibit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

The museum is part of Pamplin Historical Park. Make sure you allow plenty of time to view this museum and also the many other places on this park. There is so much to see and do at this location.

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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! That's exactly right; The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is part of Pamplin Historical Park. In fact, it is one of four different museums and four historic homes located on the 434 acre campus. We also have some of the largest preserved Confederate earthworks in the country, interwoven by nearly 5 miles of woodland... More 

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