Missouri Civil War Museum, Saint Louis

4.7
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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Saint Louis trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Found the Civil War Museum while looking for some place new to visit in the St. Louis area. I’m so glad we did, it was very interesting. I’ve heard of Jefferson Barracks all my life but didn’t realize...  more »
  • Wow! The Missouri Civil War Museum is excellent. Much better than I expected. The videos explaining Missouri’s pivotal role in the Civil War are EXCELLENT! This museum focuses not just on the Civil Wa...  more »
  • You really, really need to love history, especially Civil War history, to find this place a good value. Not to say it is uninteresting to those who do not fit into either of those categories, but cons...  more »
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  • A hidden little gem, this museum was built in 2013. There are great Civil War artifacts, has a room with military gear from all conflicts the United States has been involved in, and are currently renovating an additional building that will be open in a few months. They also have a small gift shop, and the cemetery is down the road.
  • I am very glad we stopped at this museum. After an informative video, you could tour the museum at your own pace. They have a small gift shop with proceeds going back to the museum.
  • I would love to give this museum a positive review. The artifacts were well presented, Missouri's own history during the war is fascinating and seldom talked about, and the timeline aspect was interesting. But, having done some research on the Civil War, I was disappointed in how biased the museum was toward the Confederacy. It was not an obvious bias, but little things added up. From condescendingly explaining that the causes of the war are complicated and "take many years of study to understand," to omitting that the first feature length film about the Civil War, "Birth of a Nation," is extremely racist and pro-Confederate. I would only recommend if you are ok going in with the knowledge that it is subtly biased.
  • Very well kept museum, with lots to see. They have rare videos playing in almost every room. Only bad part was that there was a school field trip and these kids were rude. Old enough to know better, no home schooling.
  • An informative museum. The displays are arranged well and the descriptions are clearly stated. It was interesting to see the history of the barracks.

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