The American Civil War Museum
This new two-story, 30,000 SF museum is located at the Historic Tredegar Ironworks site, one of America’s most significant Civil War sites. Tredegar is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register and is the nation’s first museum to explore the war from Union, Confederate and African American perspectives. This unique facility, set into a hillside, also encapsulates the ruins of the crumbling, brick wall of the original foundry structure built over 160 years ago.
The facility is located between two historical buildings, the Pattern Building and the Administrative Building, which serve as a museum and offices for the National Park Service. Both buildings, as well as the adjacent gift shop, remained open during construction. The new facility includes gallery spaces, an experience theater and storage space. There are also additional preservation areas for the Civil War artifacts, such as weapons, uniforms and additional items found on the battlefields.