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“Very informative”

National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Featuring the engaging National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Tudor Hall Plantation, a recreated Military Encampment, and some of the best preserved earthworks in existence, this 424-acre park relives the life and times of a soldier during America's "War Between the States."
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“Very informative”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Didn't dislike anything. Great presentation about all aspects of camp life. Audio tour was terrific. Some interactive features that added to the overall presentation.

Visited June 2014
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“Well worth the time”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

We did not spend 3 hours and felt like we saw everything we wanted in a couple of hours. However if you wished to hike through the battle field or listen to more audio tour you certainly could spend as much of the day as you wished and just learn more. The two museums are clean and technologically current. They have some great full size dioramas and exterior exhibits. Come dress for outdoor weather as well as indoor comfort. This museum has a tremendous amount of audio headset narration and an interesting twist of being able to choose a soldier before hand to hear from in four different areas of the museum. One issue is that there is minimal signage so if you have difficulty hearing through headphones I am not sure if the visit would be worth much. Cost for us was 12.50 per adult and audio is included. They have an average amount of artifacts and they do educational tours for schools etc. Three battlefield trails recommend walking times of up to 1.5 hours.

Visited April 2014
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Waterloo, Indiana
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“A museum that puts you in the war!”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

What a great experience. Many interactive things to do such as you pick a soldier (one that was really in the war) of your choice and then follow his progress in the war on a headset. It will tell you about the battles he was in, his thoughts on the war, letters he wrote to loved ones back home. Finally, you will find out if he survives or not. As that unfolds you will see displays that tells exactly what soldier life was like. One of my favorite things was a room where you enter and hear soldiers all around you talking as they go into battle. Then you feel a bullet whiz past your head and you feel the breeze, you hear cannons going off and feel the earth rumble at your feet. It was an amazing feeling. Also lots of artifacts and pictures to see along with various films. Great for the civil war buff or anyone who appreciates history. Well worth the price of admission.

Visited April 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“we'll be back”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Worth repeated visits. Authentic, detailed, realistic, educational, richly presented. Probably the best museum of the Civil War in the nation. Don't miss it.

Visited November 2013
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Crewe, England, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating experience”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

This visit is a must for anyone interested in history or simply interested in humanity. Extremely we'll presented in a way that is very real. The walk through the earthworks, scene of the breakthrough which led to the end of the civil war is quite disturbing to anyone with imagination, especially if. As we were, you are lucky enough to be alone.

Visited November 2013
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