About ACWM

The American Civil War Museum is so much more than a collection of artifacts. We are storytellers and educators. In the battle against the all-too-human instinct to wish the past were simple, we’re exploring the unparalleled significance the Civil War holds to complexities we face today.

People interacting with reenactors.
The museum gallery.

Our Mission

The mission of The American Civil War Museum is to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians.


Our Sites

We maintain three unique sites: The American Civil War Museum – Historic Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy, both in Richmond, VA; and The American Civil War Museum–Appomattox, in Appomattox, VA.

In 2013, The American Civil War Museum was formed by the merger of the American Civil War Center and the Museum of the Confederacy.  Immediately after the consolidation of the two institutions, we began plans to build our new facility which opened in May, 2019 at Historic Tredegar.  The new, award-winning museum building encases the original Tredegar Iron Works ruin wall, and features state-of-the-art storage space to protect our unparalleled collection of artifacts.