Explore our Collection
The American Civil War Museum has over 120,000 unique artifacts, pamphlets, photographs, prints, sketches, and manuscripts in its care, over half of which are non-military. These artifacts tell the stories of countless individuals and their experiences during the Civil War- both on the battlefield and on the home front.
Onsite Research Appointments
Rights and Reproductions
Digital images of objects from the museum’s permanent collection for personal use or publication are available. Please contact us for more information. Production and publication fees may apply.
Artifact Loan Policy
The American Civil War Museum considers it a part of its interpretive mission to make available pieces from its permanent collection for temporary loan to other qualified institutions. Loans are made based upon the condition of the item requested and the borrowing institution’s ability to meet industry standards in the care, protection and interpretation of materials. Please contact us for more information.
Donating an Artifact
We have a rich collection of military and civilian artifacts due to donations over the last 120 years, many from Civil War veterans, immediate family members, and their descendants. If you want to be part of that legacy by donating an item to the American Civil War Museum, please get in touch with our collections department. Click here to learn more.
Manuscripts and Photos
In 2014, the American Civil War Museum and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture entered a licensing agreement by which the VMHC would digitize the Confederate Memorial Literary Society photo collection and handle all requests for digital images.
By the same agreement, ACWM’s CMLS manuscript collections moved to the VMHC where they are available in their reading room. Items not yet appearing in the online catalog may be available for research. Contact them for further research questions regarding photos and manuscripts at email@example.com.
The John H. Motley Collection
The American Civil War Museum houses over 3,000 items relating to African American military history from Civil War to the Persian Gulf War. If you would like to get in touch to view items from this collection, please contact us to make an appointment.