The American Civil War shaped the world we live in today in profound ways. Its outcome resolved festering issues of secession and slavery, and laid the groundwork for the United States to become the world’s foremost democratic nation. Nearly 150 years after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, the war’s causes and legacies have not lost their meaning.
The American Civil War Museum tells the stories of our nation’s bloodiest conflict, through the perspectives of those who lived through it: North and South, soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, black and white, enslaved and free. To learn more about our sites in Richmond and Appomattox, please click on the tabs above.
The Museum will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war's end with a full schedule of programs, tours and lectures in both Richmond and Appomattox this April. To learn more about these special events, visit our 150th Anniversary Events page.