Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum, New Orleans

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4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
Confederate Memorial Hall Museum is a museum located in New Orleans which contains historical artifacts related to the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) and the American Civil War. It is historically also known as "Memorial Hall". It houses the second-largest collection of Confederate Civil War items in the world, behind the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. The museum has been advertised as Louisiana's Civil War Museum and as Louisiana's Oldest Museum.This "Adjunct of the Howard Memorial Library Association", according to Frank T. Howard's letter of 8 Jan. 1891, was placed in the "possession" the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Historical Association "to be set apart forever for the use of" that organization. Sully & Toledano designed the hall, which was completed in 1888, following the Richardsonian Romanesque style of the Howard Library designed by H.H. Richardson.CollectionsThe Confederate Memorial Hall contains over 5,000 historical artifacts including several rare Civil War items. It holds the personal effects and uniforms of Confederate generals Braxton Bragg and P.G.T. Beauregard, as well as over 140 regimental and other C.S.A. flags. Jefferson Davis' wife Varina Davis donated several of her late husband's belongings to the museum including items of clothing, his Bible and saddle, plus a crown of thorns from Pope Pius IX.
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  • Some much history of a valiant struggle to defend the rights of the states and the brave men and women that fought and died for the cause. 
  • A beautiful small museum. We enjoyed it so much. The building itself is lovely and the items on display are very personal and interesting. 
  • Return visit after many years. So much new for a museum memorializing events over 100 years ago in our history. The quality and importance of items on display were quite impressive. This will be on my...  read more »
  • A great rainy day activity. An awesome walk through civil war history. So many items from the war, so well preserved and maintained. Highly recommended this for everyone
  • One of the best museums I have ever visited. They have a ton of historic material, and actual relics of the famous southern Generals. By far the best Civil War museum I have ever seen. Leave plenty of time to visit this place, as there is lots to see.
  • Wonderful memorabilia! Really, really awesome stuff that you won't see anywhere else. Lots of Jefferson Davis' personal effects, General Lee artifacts, numerous flags, and even field medical equipment. Great preservation too. I'm amazed!
  • This museum is a little dated. It is the oldest operating museum in Louisiana, and it looks it. When you think about the difference between this place and the World War II Museum just across the street... Boy. Don't go in thinking you'll have a similar experience about a different war. It's made up of old wood-and-glass cases filled with artifacts labeled with paper cards. The relics are amazing, particularly if you take the time to find the pieces made by the POWs, but there is not a lot of context here. Most of the information does deal with individual soldiers because it was their families that donated the swords, uniforms, and other accessories of war. The architecture of the building is quite interesting.
  • This museum contains no display cases making reference to blacks who served on the Confederate side. Yet, such people did exist, both slaves and free men. This is a contentious issue that needs to be aired. I was told that the museum store has books on this subject but a greater effort than that needs to be in place. I noticed no black visitors. Perhaps if there was some black representation this might change.
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