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Museum & Library-Confederate, Greenville

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4.5/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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  • A small museum packed with many Civil War artifacts not seen in larger venues. Their hand gun and rifle collection is extensive and has many unique pieces. My favorite piece is a Henry Derringer pisto...  read more »
  • Very interesting stuff to look at and ready all about. If someone hadn't drug me out for lunch I might still be there reading everything. Need a second visit. Such interesting things about the area. 
  • An interesting little museum with very knowledgable employees. We spent about 1.5 hours here looking at the exhibits and asking the employees questions about the confederate armies role in the civil w...  read more »
  • I am very proud to have a museum here in Greenville that honors the integrity and valor of our Confederate/southern heritage. The artifacts and library are very informative and free to all!!! It is the responsibility of all Americans to carefully research and understand the true history of our country, and specifically our southern heritage (for those who live here in the South). Those who believe in 'political correctness' need to be educated from both Northern and Southern perspectives. What is taught in our public schools/colleges only provides one view...and that view is clouded and 'one sided'. I am very thankful for the museum and the ladies and gentleman who freely give their time to a worthy cause!
  • Oh we had quite the experience here. Very informative. Learned a lot of new things, such as what that "half moon" on the SC flag really is! Very cool
  • Loved the museum, if you are in greenville SC you need to make time to visit.
  • I'm white and was offended by the thinly veiled racism in the place. Tried to have a conversation with the much older man working the place about my Senior Thesis as a history student at the University of South Carolina, and he went on a tirade about how he hates "political correctness" and told me I should say "negroes" instead of "African Americans". Absolutely not a safe space for people of color, and I'd imagine not for queer people; I certainly felt out of place there, even as a South Carolina-born white girl. They'll try to appear friendly to African Americans by exhausting the "faithful slave" and "black Confederate" narrative, which any modern historian knows is bunk (not saying they didn't exist, but certainly were not commonplace). What's sad is that the objects in this museum are extremely valuable, but the people interpreting them are not. This museum is connected to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, one of those Confederate memory-making groups that is often at odds with professional historians (people who have completed at least a Master's); I've actually had a conversation with other "public history people" (museum curators and professors) about how this example represents how private organizations can use material history to convey an agenda. People should be aware that this museum is not run by professional historians, but by Lost Cause-driven amateurs. Hopefully, the people who run this museum will finally retire, and these objects can be turned over to real historians who don't use the collections to glorify the antebellum South. Oh, and the literature at this place is a joke. Maybe people who haven't completed high school will be lured in by the romantic descriptions of dating life during the Civil War, but I personally found the lack of any citations from reputable primary or secondary sources telling. At least it was free. I would feel immoral giving money to such a distortion of history.
  • The period collection is worthy of that which could be found in a much larger museum. The research room is worth the visit alone due to the many volumes of books and other written material. If you think of this museum as only pertaining to the Confederacy, you are short changing yourself. Here you will also find to a lesser extent the Union side covered as well. Once you have visited this museum, you will return and will be bringing along a friend to share it will them.
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