Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum, New Orleans

(3.9/5 based on 360+ 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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  • If you watch any of the picking shows, you will hear time and time again that confederate artifacts are hard to find. Not at this place. The building itself is beautiful and so is the collection. Ever...  more »
  • This place had a remarkable number of relics that belonged to President Jefferson Davis. These include his piano, watch case, bibles, and a crown of thorns hand-woven by Pope Pius IX himself.  more »
  • This old building to survive several bad weather and it looks great. Formerly the WWII Museum just outside is very pretty.
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • We visited here in 2014. The museum is pleasant, but not an overly extensive collection. You could probably kill 45-60 minutes here, but I would not label this a "must see" destination.