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“Worth an hour visit”

Missouri Civil War Museum
Ranked #13 of 224 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Missouri Civil War Museum is housed in the old 1905 Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange (PX) and Gymnasium building, formerly part of the Jefferson Barracks military post, which is still an active military installation to this day. Renovations began in 2003, and were completed 10 years later in 2013, with an opening date of June 29, 2013. During the Civil War, the property which this museum is located upon, contained various hospital ward buildings, where suffering and death occurred, thus making this sacred ground, and a most appropriate location for a Missouri Civil War Museum, honoring our soldiers of the past and present.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I stopped in during a business trip to St. Louis as something to do before heading back to the hotel. Coming from Houston, the old town charm was appealing and I enjoy seeing architecture reminiscent of the 1800’s. The price could not be beat for entrance and well worth it to help keep this facility going. The museum itself was first class and both factual and un-biased which was refreshing. There were many exhibits, artifacts to see, and videos to watch. Coming from Texas it was great to see my state flag represented as well. Definitely worth the hour to learn a little more about our history.

1  Thank Joe M
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"restored building"
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"building next door"
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"interesting artifacts"
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"history buff"
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"on display"
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"love history"
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"well worth the visit"
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"both sides"
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"louis area"
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"great history"
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Great way to spend an afternoon. Lots of History and right in our own back yard .pretty amazing people that went thru all of this for us .

Thank rjs589
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

I was torn between 3 and 4 stars for the museum. It's got some interesting bits, but I felt that the exhibits were focused on the Confederacy and downplayed the role that Missouri soldiers had on the Union side. I believe that 3x more Missourians fought in the Union, so I was a little disappointed at the one-sided-ness of the museum.

5  Thank Jay J
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

I was unaware that the Civil War was so brutally fought in Missouri and Kansas. The museum is privately funded and was very well done. It took 10 years to restore the building to house the museum. The artifacts are displayed well with multiple movies running throughout the building to educate on the civil war. It is located to the south of St. Louis at the Jefferson Barracks which are named for Thomas Jefferson. I am not a civil war buff but I was surprised at how much I learned about the war in a short period of time. Well worth a visit.

Thank Pat C
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

We went to Jefferson Barracks to put flowers on my dad and mother's headstone, and there was this building called the Missouri Civil War Museum. We ended up spending 90 minutes inside, learning what a huge role our state played in that terrible war. The exhibits are beautifully and meticulously presented. The bookstore is just as wonderful. I bought several books and we will definitely be going back to this fascinating place. When I expressed my surprise that this place has been here for five years and I hadn't known, the docent smiled and said most of their visitors come from around the country. Saint Louisans, this is right here! Go and see it!

Thank Cindybelle
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