Does Civil War history interest you? Are you somewhere near St Louis, Missouri? If you answered yes to these questions then you should definitely check out the Civil War Museum in St Louis, Missouri next time you’ve got a chance. You will enjoy it!
Here are 6 reasons you should visit this non-profit educational organization:
Located at Historic Jefferson Barracks
The Jefferson Barracks Military Post is home to the Civil War Museum, so not only are you viewing and surrounded by history, you are actually walking through a historical site too.Not only are you viewing and surrounded by, you are walking through history at Jefferson Barracks Click To Tweet
Many prominent leaders served duty at Jefferson Barracks including Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis just to name a few.
Collection of Civil War artefacts
This museum is very informative and has a vast collection of artefacts encompassing all aspects of the war, from weaponry to musical instruments.
You’ll get a feel of what life at the time was like with life-size mannequins, horses and carts,
uniforms and dresses. Almost everything is in very good condition including money of the time, we weer most amazed at the vibrance of some of the flags, hard to believe they are as old as they are really.
Civil War documentaries
When you arrive the first thing you do is sit down and watch a documentary. Like all the films shown in the Civil War Museum this is very informative and is worth watching, as you continue through the museum there are other documentaries also.
More than just the Civil War
Not only does the Civil War Museum walk you through the history of the Civil War in Missouri it has bits and pieces related other wars including World War I, World War Il, the Vietnam War and the war in Afghanistan among others.
Learn about Abraham Lincoln, antebellum Missouri and prominent times and figures of Missouri’s history.
Extensive medical collection
Perhaps one of the most interesting displays (we thought) was the vast collection of medical equipment. Every item has information relating to it and therefore helps tell the story better and somewhat feel the pain whilst looking at these instruments.
If you’re interested in medical history this section will definitely be of interest to you.
Quality Civil War gift shop
Do you love Civil War memorabilia? The gift shop is really great. Amongst the obvious Civil War mementos there is also lots of other souvenirs related to Missouri and the history of the United States. One thing that stood out from other similar gift shops is that there is a large selection of quality books here.
We brought along our baby and 3 yr old (bubs enjoyed looking around) and lil miss was very interested in all the artefacts and had lots of questions so she had fun and learned a thing or two. So I would say it’s fine for small children and up (maybe not all of the documentaries though). It is wheelchair accessible and has restrooms, a lift etc.
Opening hours are 9 am – 5 pm everyday and prices are:
Veterans / students $5
Children under 5 / active duty military / members free
So if you have a soft spot for history, the Civil War, Missouri or all of the above we definitely recommend a look at the Civil War Museum in St. Louis.
❄️ It would be great to hear from you if you’ve been here before, what was your favorite part? Don’t be shy, we’d love to hear!