Museum of the Confederacy- Appomattox
159 Horseshoe Rd, Appomattox, VA, USA
www.moc.org/visit-us?mode=ap… - (855) 649-1861
Museum of the Confederacy- Appomattox Reviews
Museum of the Confederacy - Appomattox Jun 11, 2014
A satellite branch of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, the Appomattox version opened in 2012 near the western entrance to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. While not a large museum it contains numerous documents, uniforms, flags and other artifacts associated with the Confederacy laid out in rough chronological order, placing special emphasis on Southside Virginia and the events leading to General Robert E. Lee's surrender in April 1865.
An adult ticket costs $10 and is worth the admission price. The museum complements the adjacent Appomattox Court House where the surrender took place and is frankly far superior to the small museum at the park. The building is new with clean bathrooms, the exhibits are modern, and periodic lectures are held in the auditorium (I had to pass on one due to time constraints). Docents are available to answer questions on the exhibits and a gentleman dressed as a Confederate soldier was explaining his various military provisions that were laid out on a table in the lobby.
On display is the uniform worn by Lee at the surrender as well as his ceremonial sword. Stereoscope viewers allow you to look at multiple 3-d photos from the war as they were meant to be seen, taken by adjacent twin cameras. I spent a good ninety minutes poking about and was impressed with the layout and the objective view of the subject matter (there are no apologetics for the Confederacy here).
Photography is permitted though no flash photography to protect the display items. If you are a National Parks passport stamp collector they have one at the lobby desk. You can easily combine the museum with the park in a single day, definitely worth a visit.
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