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Missouri Civil War Museum

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Address: 222 Worth Ave, at historic Jefferson Barracks, Saint Louis, MO 63125-4253
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+1 314-845-1861
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Missouri Civil War Museum is housed in the old 1905 Jefferson Barracks...

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.

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Jefferson Barracks, the site of the museum, has been an important US military installation since 1824. The small museum is one of the finest examples of the educational display of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Jefferson Barracks, the site of the museum, has been an important US military installation since 1824. The small museum is one of the finest examples of the educational display of artifacts I've encountered. The collection comprises uniforms and civilian clothing, weapons, musical instruments, medical instruments and apparatus, flags, and important books (1st editions of Uncle Tom's Cabin). It includes military... More 

Thank Timothy M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanted something to do on a lazy Saturday so we took a chance and drove 45 minutes. Very informative and interesting. Staff answers any questions you have, the video documentaries are well designed, and the clothing and artifacts are amazing. Well worth the drive.

Thank Leslie P
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a weekday visit to this attraction and found it an excellent way to spend a few hours looking over Missouri Civil War history. Not huge but with a lot of very interesting weapons of the war, as well as medical and other artifacts of the time. It also has some displays covering later wars and Missourians who fought in... More 

Thank Aaron W
Chicopee, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've visited several Civil War Museums and this was stands out as the best! From being greeted by knowledgeable friendly staff to the gift shop, the whole experience was just fantastic. The presentations & videos were loaded with information on MO involvement prior to & during the Civil War, and the history of Jefferson Barracks throughout all the wars, and... More 

Thank PTMajor
Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of this museum. An excellent collection of artifacts and some high quality videos were available for viewing. The admission price is reasonable. There were some school groups present during our visit, but they were kept under wraps by the employees of the museum These individuals also took five minutes to chat with us... More 

Thank coachdshafer
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a wonderful job this renovation and refurbishing of this historic building. We enjoyed the video presentations as well as viewing the articles and clothing from the Civil War/Jefferson Barracks era. This is a definite must for those who appreciate learning about the Civil War and American history. You can learn so much from just an hour visit. Beautiful and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

We enjoyed the exhibits provided by the MO Civil War Museum and learned a lot about the local events preceding the Civil War and the many battles and skirmishes fought in Missouri. The beautiful oak display cabinets provide many different kinds of memorabilia ranging from medical supplies to clothing and weapons. Be sure to see both floors and take in... More 

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Lebanon, CT
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

My wife and I visited here two years ago and liked it so much that we decided to visit again. They are on the verge of opening a newly remodeled building next door for a research library and gathering room. The exhibits in the main museum will be changed out in a couple of months. The displays and historical movie... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

My husband and I visited this museum on a weekday morning. It was not crowded, but many moms/dads with strollers. We started on the first floor with special exhibits about Rt. 66, and Racism in St. Louis. Both were very interesting, with creative displays. By the time we made our way upstairs (passing a cool model of the "Spirit of... More 

Thank Brenda G
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Great place to visit with a lot of history. Would highly recommend visiting if in the area. The man at the front desk was very nice & informative as well.

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