Two existing Civil War museums in Virginia are combining to create a new $30 million museum in Richmond, according to an Associated Press article:
“One museum has among its vast Confederate-centric collection Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s sword and the flag that flew at Robert E. Lee’s headquarters. The other museum strives to tell the story of the American Civil War through the eyes of Northerners and Southerners, freed and enslaved blacks, soldiers and civilians.
Now the Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center are joining forces to build a $30 million museum in Richmond with the goal of creating the top Civil War museum in the nation 150 years after the deadliest conflict fought on U.S. soil from 1861-65 between the Northern states and the secessionist, pro-slavery Southern states.
The marriage of museums, announced to The Associated Press, will meld the collection of Confederate battle flags, uniforms, weapons and other historic relics with a narrative-based museum that uses bold, interactive exhibits and living history events to relate its 360-degree telling of the war.”
The two museums, the Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center, will merge their collections together in order to create a larger Civil War museum with a more diverse collection.
Around $20 million has already been committed to the project, which is expected to break ground in 2014 with an official opening in 2015. The museum will be located at the Tredegar Ironworks, along the James River, in the same spot where the Civil War Center is currently located.
The Museum of the Confederacy was established in 1896 and contains a large collection of artifacts that once belonged to Confederate soldiers and generals, which includes the former White House of the Confederacy. The museum was originally housed in the White House of the Confederacy, which was once the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, until the collection was moved to a larger, more modern building next door in 1976. Since then the neighborhood surrounding the museum has been taken over by a local hospital and developed extensively, making the museum hard to find. The American Civil War Center opened in 2000 and is located near the National Park Service’s Richmond Visitor’s Center, making it a more ideal location for the new museum.
USA Today: New Civil War Museum to Open in Virginia: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/11/19/richmond-virginia-civil-war-museum/3643021/