||The mission of the American Civil War Museum is to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians.
In 2013, The American Civil War Center (est. in 2000) and The Museum of the Confederacy (est. in 1890) consolidated into one museum, the American Civil War Museum.
The American Civil War Museum Foundation was formed in the summer of 2016 to support the success of the Museum that includes efforts needed to build the new Museum, for ongoing projects, and to establish an endowment for Museum programs and operations.
Civil War legacies continue to impact our country – too often resulting in uncivil discourse similar to events recently at the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. The nation needs an institution to have and to perform ACWM’s mission.
The American Civil War Museum is the perfect organization to build a bridge of understanding through education. ACWM offers Central Virginia residents, students and visitors a more equitable and complete understanding of the complex history of the Civil War. These lessons are highly relevant today.
To accomplish this, ACWM provides a comprehensive educational experience at three museum sites and out in the community which includes exhibits, tours, distance learning, living history, classroom education, lectures and symposia, collection resources, a digital manuscript collection, and presentations.
The countdown has begun on ACWM’s new state-of-the-art Museum that opens spring 2019, and offers expanded gallery spaces, an experience theater, and improved preservation areas.
The spring 2019 Public Opening will be celebrated all week through a series of events, symposia, an Opening Celebration and Gala Dinner.