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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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  • What a wonderful job this renovation and refurbishing of this historic building. We enjoyed the video presentations as well as viewing the articles and clothing from the Civil War/Jefferson Barracks e...  more »
  • We enjoyed the exhibits provided by the MO Civil War Museum and learned a lot about the local events preceding the Civil War and the many battles and skirmishes fought in Missouri. The beautiful oak d...  more »
  • My wife and I visited here two years ago and liked it so much that we decided to visit again. They are on the verge of opening a newly remodeled building next door for a research library and gathering...  more »
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  • My group visited the Civil War Museum and Jefferson Barracks Cemetary on a Friday morning. The museum is great - downstairs there are movies explaining the history of Jefferson Barracks as well as the part Missouri played in the war. Some Amazing old American flags are preserved - one with 13 stars, otherwith more. Museum has a strong collection of various CW uniforms and artifacts. The best part is the staff who are extremely knowledgeable and able to illuminate the history. We particularly enjoyed the fascinating tour of the cemetary - which is truly beautiful. A true gem in St Louis!!
  • 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.