Missouri Civil War Museum, Saint Louis

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Visit Missouri Civil War Museum for a chance to learn about Missouri's role in the American Civil War, a story told through artifacts from the era. The museum is housed in the Jefferson Barracks Military Post, which was established in 1862 as an Infantry School of Practice. It takes up the gymnasium building, which was built in 1905 for commissioned officers. You'll find displays of military weapons, uniforms, and medical supplies from both sides of the conflict here, which help provide insight into this state's position during the war. The main room houses the bulk of the exhibits. Don't miss the parlor chair originating from the Lincoln White House. To visit Missouri Civil War Museum and other attractions in Saint Louis, use our Saint Louis trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 10, 2017
    For its size this is a very good museum. A not for profit organization runs it and they have done exceptionally well. Very good film on the history of the border war between Kansas and Missouri and Mi...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Very interesting Civil War History. This musem explains more of the experiences of the Civil War from the Missouri perspective. Well worth the time to visit.  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Authentic CW museum, parade ground and Jefferson Barracks. Both U.S. Grant and R. E. Lee stationed here after West Point!  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Wonderful artifacts, things in the museum I never would have thought about. Also a very well-rounded gift shop
  • June 13, 2017
    This was fascinating! It was way better than we expected. Multiple floors of information, artifacts, and history. I liked the way that the timeline was shown to lead you though the changing lines and states during the civil war. The location is nice because it is near the National Cemetary. Go there as well.
  • June 8, 2017
    World class museum in St Louis. My expectations were pretty high and this museum exceeded all of them. I appreciate the focus on the war from the Missouri perspective.
  • June 24, 2017
    Lots of history here. It doesn't take long to walk through if you don't spend the time reading the informational sounds in the exhibits. Spend that time reading because there's lots of interesting information.
  • June 21, 2017
    Took our cub scout den as part of the Memorial Day Good Turn event. The boys were very interested and learned a lot

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