Missouri Civil War Museum, Saint Louis
Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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A friend and I were discussing the role Missouri played in the run- up to the civil war. It was a kind of microcosm of all the states, with 10,000 slaves, a "little Dixie" area nw of St. Louis, a majo... read more »
What's best: extensive collection of artifacts including medical instruments for treatment of wounded patients. What we learned: about role of Jefferson Barracks in US history What could be better: a.... read more »
The Missouri Civil War Museum was ok. They have a fair amount of stuff, but not especially a lot. I'd say the highlights of the museum are the central room, where most of the displays and artifacts ar... read more »
When we went on a Monday afternoon we were the only ones there. It's a pretty cool museum with lots civil war artifacts, although it is smaller than you'd think from the outside. We spent about an hour and a half here and we're able to see everything easily.
We had a great time and learned quite a bit, worth the trip
Three antique car clubs, Model A Club, Ford V-8 Club and the Show-Me Car Club visited the museum for the second or third time and was amazed at the progress to the museum. All of the clubs will be more active by promoting the Adopt-A-Brick Program and also joining the membership program. This museum should be a must for all students and adult alike. There are so many surprises concerning Missouri's involvement before, during and after the Civil War. The museum does not receive any funding except form the private sector and from the gift shop revenue. Everyone is looking forward to our next visit which will be during the fall. We hope to see you there. We will have the antique cars there also. BT Show-Me Editor, The Maggie Post
I enjoyed this museum because it has three stories to tell: the story of Missouri in the Civil War (a state which suffered greatly), the story of how a group of dedicated volunteers restored a building that had stood vacant for a long time, and the story of the building itself, serving as officers club and as a hospital. They have a gift shop, and a working on a Civil War library next door.
The well documented exhibits and artifacts complimented in a beautifully renovated building is a “must see” One of the captivating videos has a Southern Veteran doing his “Rebel Yell”... hearing this after reading about it, was a hoot! Enjoyed this history education from the warm greeting received walking in the door to the well done gift shop with knowledgeable staff. Look forward to visiting again.
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