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Virginia Museum of the Civil War

8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market, VA
+1 866-515-1864
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A real Civil War education--a must see!

'Well worth the time. The big highlight for us was the rotunda that has a battle by battle, state... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Theodore C
Williamsburg, Virginia
A Great Lesson On The Civil War

On a recent visit to Harrisonburg Va.,my husband and I stopped in New Market to visit the Virginia... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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This is the only state-owned Civil War museum in Virginia and is administered by the Virginia Military Institute. The site consists of three elements: The Virginia Museum of the Civil War, the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and the Historic Bushong Farm.The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail System. The museum focuses on the whole war in the Commonwealth of Virginia with special attention paid to the Battle of New Market on May 15th 1864 and the role played by the corps of cadets from the Virginia Military Institute. A total of 257 cadets from VMI participated in the battle with 47 wounded and 10 killed because of the fighting. The museum features exhibits, dioramas, artifacts from the battle and an Emmy-award winning film called Field of Lost Shoes shown hourly in the theater. Outside visitors will enjoy three hundred acres of core battlefield property accessible by foot or car. The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park offers two walking trails across the farm and battlefield terminating atop Bushong's Hill and two scenic overlooks 100 feet above the Shenandoah River. Historically-named features include the Field of Lost Shoes, a wheatfield so named by cadets because of lost footwear, and the Fatal Orchard, a dangerous part of the battlefield next to the farm. Finally, the Bushong Farm features seven buildings to explore. The two frame houses were witnesses to the battle that day. Exhibits inside tell the story of what life was like in the Shenandoah Valley before and during the Civil War.
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8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market, VA
+1 866-515-1864
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Reviewed 5 days ago

'Well worth the time. The big highlight for us was the rotunda that has a battle by battle, state by state layout of how the civil war played out over time. Exceptional explanations and incites. The extensive area with the weapons and uniforms was an...More

Thank Theodore C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent visit to Harrisonburg Va.,my husband and I stopped in New Market to visit the Virginia Museum of the Civil War after friends recommended it. The exhibits are well done. My husband especially loved the section of all the different guns that were...More

Thank htbern
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice museum. Would recommend it to anyone interested in civil war history. A very nice gift shop, too. A visit to Lexington, VA , VMI which was very much a part of the New Market battle, would add more interest to the visit.

Thank every0ung
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure you drive past the other museum to get to this one. It's confusing ang many people will go to the wrong one. This museum is about a little known battle that included Virginia Military cadets. The 45 minute movie is a mus because...More

Thank Alice S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum started out as a regional museum about the battle of new market, but over the last 25 years I have seen it grow into a museum that is national in scope. A wonderful set of exhibits about the civil war. As good as...More

Thank piersonhut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My father and I are both lovers of history. So when our family stopped here on our drive down from Pennsylvania to Universal Studios in Orlando, both my dad and I bought tickets and throughly enjoyed the museum. I was delighted to read the passages...More

Thank HannabiMartin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum and has great artifacts and presentations of the Civil War. A small film was included about the Field of Lost Shoes. Very moving.

Thank GaryCummings
Reviewed 17 June 2017

The museum is worth seeing you stop in New Market area. Good movie..not great. You get through the museum in about two if you watch the movie. If you been to Gettysburg don't expect that level.A series of displays show how the armies moved around...More

1  Thank matjaz2002
Reviewed 9 June 2017

This is an interesting museum which gave the history of the New Market battlefield and the Civil War as a whole. The displays in the museum were not all complete. The museum is worth seeing you stop in New Market area. You can see the...More

2  Thank Jennyj2boys
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Our family had visited a number of civil war sites in the region, then visited this museum. We appreciated how the museum covered the big picture and ties all the sites together. A series of displays show how the armies moved around the region, how...More

2  Thank ctyadmcc
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29 May 2016|
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Response from Shenandoa | Property representative |
Greetings. Yes the use of a mobility scooter is encouraged inside and out on the battlefield. We keep the grass mowed short for added mobility.
Rob L
21 September 2015|
Response from Shenandoa | Property representative |
General Admission Hello Sir, We are open from 9:00 to 5:00 and are located at 8895 George R. Collins Parkway, New Market, VA 22844. Our building is round with a metal rotunda that looks like a drum. Here is our admission... More