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“Nice Little Museum About the Civil War”

Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum
Ranked #58 of 389 things to do in New Orleans
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Went here after the WWII Museum and it was a nice little gem to see some info somewhere in the states on the Civil War. Cost is 8 dollars to enter the inside of the museum which is significantly less than the WWII Museum which is 22 dollars.

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

This little gem is around the corner from the WWII museum and is definitely worth a look. Everything they have is in beautiful displays, in an even more beautiful building. The gift shop was surprisingly awesome. I bought wonderful gifts for myself and family back home for a great price. If you have an hour to spare, I would recommend spending it here.

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Reviewed 15 December 2013

I have always been so fascinated by the Civil War and have visited several battlefields in the North. It is not so much the battles that I am fascinated with but how our American union was broken as brother fought brother and their personal stories. Half a million young lives were lost as the war waged on from 1861-1865.

On a recent visit to New Orleans, my husband and I stopped by this museum located on 929 Camp Street in the warehouse district. We have visited the WWII Museum the day before and spotted the beautiful building as we were headed back to our hotel on Canal Street. This museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10-4. This museum is small so give yourself about 2-3 hours to tour the museum to read the display cards. Many of the displays are below eye level so you must bend down to read the type written cards.

This museum displays a great collection of Confederate memorabilia and many of the artifacts that you will see were donated by the families of those who were in the war. There are no photos allowed to be taken inside of the displays.

Memorial Hall (also known as the Confederate Museum) opened its doors on January 8, 1891 and is the oldest museum in the State of Louisiana. It has been placed on the National Registry of Historical Places. Frank T. Howard, a Louisana philanthropist, constructed the hall as a meeting place for veterans to reflect on their Civil war stories.

Everything is on display on one floor and there are many personal items of the soldiers along with their stories. There is an extensive display of firearms, edged weapons, rifle cannons, rifle muskets along with many ornate swords. There is a display of the medical equipment used to amputate the limbs of the soldiers. There are over 100 Confederate battle flags, mostly from the Louisana regiments. You will see paintings of soldiers and Generals along with a variety of uniforms worn by the South. There is a section devoted to Jefferson Davis and his family and you will learn more about this man, his wives and his children.

The gift shop has an extensive library and DVDs that can be purchased as well as other items of the time. You can also view a short film that explains where the donations came from to make this display very personal to so many descendants of these brave men.

I guess if I lived in that time I would have considered myself a Yankee but the personal stories of these men whether from the North or the South are the same as they fought sometimes in the worse conditions and for the cause that they believed in.

The price of admission is only $8 and keeps the museum up and running. It is well worth a trip back into that time of a very tragic war.

Thank CarolF91
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

Since visiting years ago, we were surprised and pleased to see the museum running strong with improved exhibits, video & very knowledgable docents. The intimate setting allows for free conversation & questions. You'll learn something you didn't know!

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Beautiful architecture, poignant displays, and dedicated volunteers make this place a treasure. The short film is well done, and gives in-depth information on several of the personal displays. We were most impressed with how this hall was used as a meeting place for the Southern veterans and their families.

1  Thank Susan S
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