The Texas Civil War Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of Civil War artifacts in the country. The approximate rotation of 6,000 items includes artifacts from both the Union and Confederate Army’s, with galleries devoted to Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Navy, and Medical. This detailed but still wide variety of artifacts is not the only attraction that gives this museum its recognition. The Judy Richey Victorian Dress Collection is a glimpse at authentic 1860 – 1900 women’s and children’s clothing from the Victorian Era. Forty out of the three-hundred Victorian dresses rotate on exhibit. The Texas United Daughters of the Confederacy exhibits the largest collection of Texas Confederate Artifacts from the war.
The museum houses over 80 historic Texas flags which also rotate on exhibit. It is safe to say the American Civil War is a world-wide interest. Within the first seven years of the museum’s opening, visitors came from all 50 states and 75 countries! They received the 2012 and 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. This prestigious award is only given to businesses that consistently rank in the 10% worldwide for performance.
A fun way to get kids involved is the scavenger hunt that will have them interested in every extensive exhibit. At random times one might even see living historians in period clothing, musicians with string instruments, or lecture programs throughout the gallery. For the hands-on type person, the touch table with cannon balls, guns, and swards that were actually used in the war is another great feature. Allow time to check out the gift shop with 500 book titles and an assortment of items for every man, woman, and child. Call the museum about special programming, active military and group discounts, and student field trip rates. Along with free parking, this museum has affordable daily rates. Being the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States makes this is the perfect time to check out this impressive display of American history!