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Civil War Medical Museum

400 S Main St, The Exchange Hotel, Gordonsville, VA 22942-9149
+1 540-832-2944
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Overpriced

I had picked up a brochure for this museum on one of my adventures and when I decided to visit some... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
jehenson81
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5 Stars as a small regional museum

You can’t compare this museum to those found in major cities, but the organizers have done an... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2018
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Welcome to the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. Soon war began. Troops, supplies, and wounded were transported on these railroads to Gordonsville. The Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital which provided care for 70,000 soldiers, both Confederate and Union. In the reconstruction period, this hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman's Bureau Hospital. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this graceful building returned to its role of hotel. Now fully restored, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the Civil War era.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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400 S Main St, The Exchange Hotel, Gordonsville, VA 22942-9149
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

I had picked up a brochure for this museum on one of my adventures and when I decided to visit some wineries in the area decided to visit it. It is a beautifully restored building and is full of history and informational signs. Sadly it...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

We are sorry you feel that way, we are a non profit organization run by volunteers with no funding other than from our tours and events, your entrance fee is what pays to maintain and keep the museum open to the public. Sadly funding is...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

You can’t compare this museum to those found in major cities, but the organizers have done an incredible job explaining the various time periods that the museum has been through. Each floor focuses on a different function this building has had. The train station information...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words and are glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

If you’re interested in the Civil War in Central Virginia, and are curious about “old timey” medical procedures and instruments, this is the place for you.

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review.

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Wifee and I visited this quiet little museum and got to see some antiques from the civil war's medical service and learned how this hotel was used as a hospital. It was quite nice and they have their own little gift shop.

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Thank you for your kind review and we are glad that you visited our museum.

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Went here to absorb more information about the civil war and although it did fulfill this the self tour gave us an insight into the history of the building itself. For 10$ we felt it was worth the admission fee. Would definiately recommend a visit...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum. Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

There is so much history in this building. It was well worth the time we were there. We sat on the porch for awhile between visiting the floors. It was enjoyable to look at downtown Gordonsville and imagine all the events that took place when...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

I'm so glad you took the time to sit on the porch, I must say its the best spot to reflect and relax. Thank you for your kind review.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Such an interesting museum with loads of informative plaques on this self guided three story tour. Could have spent hours there learning more about the place in history this little town of Gordonsville VA, and specifically the Exchange Hotel played during the Civil War. This...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thank you so much for your review, we are glad you spent some time here as well.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

I've now been to the Exchange Hotel and Medical Museum on two occasions. Once for the tour, and I found the history and events that occurred there absolutely fascinating. The guides and employees were wonderful to talk to - they are all very knowledgeable about...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

We are so happy you enjoyed both of your visits to our museum. Thank you so much for the review.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Wonderful museum, lots of history from the beginning of the building up to current day. Plan on a good hour or two if you really want to absorb it all. But it is well worth it.

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We visited this museum on our anniversary weekend. Much to our surprise it was very enjoyable and informative. The woman at the desk, who is also on the board, was very informative. BTW- it's suppose to be haunted. No sightings notes at this time.

Thank Nancy L
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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum, thank you for your kind review.

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svh50
23 April 2016|
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The confederate cemetery in Gordonsville is on the outskirts of town. Google Maplewood Cemetery Gordonsville, VA for info and directions. According to what I've read, confederate dead were moved there from the hospital... More
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Cynthia D
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Response from MuseumAdmin | Property representative |
The museum is only handicap accessible on the first floor. There is a virtual/verbal tour available to those who are handicap.
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