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Texas Civil War Museum

One of our favorite things to do when we visit Chattanooga is to visit the historic battlefields, but that’s a long way to go for a bit of history. I’m sure many Texans have no idea how close they live to a Civil War cemetery or related site — even here in North Texas. I think you’d be surprised that if you saw this list, you’d find all the U.S. history that surrounds you.

Texas Civil War Museum Terrys Texas rangers

And if you’re a museum connoisseur or a history buff, or you just want to learn more about the history of our United States, you need to put this little gem on your list to visit. After driving past the Texas Civil War Museum repeatedly during regionals for track, my daughter asked if we could go in. This 501c3 nonprofit museum is the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River. 

Texas Civil War Museum sign

This is definitely a space you can consume in a quick or long visit, it’s not overwhelming, but seriously packed. My girl was 9 when we went, and I think it held her interest for about an hour and half. I could have stayed much longer in the 15,000 square feet of exhibits filled with artifacts and memorabilia from the Civil War.

Texas Civil War Museum stomach pump

She was appreciating her athlesiure wear as she peered through the glass at the  Victorian dress collection, (“They really wore THAT?!”) and a collection on loan from the Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Texas Civil War Museum Victorian bustle

Texas Civil War Museum dress collection

What I particularly liked about the museum is the layout and how it appeared to represent both Union and Confederate experiences equally. One side of the footprint was Union, the other side balanced with Confederate. By doing so, it provided a great contrast to the different weapons and equipment each used during battle.

Texas Civil War Museum medical tools

There is a 75-seat movie room for a short video about Texas’ role in the Civil War which was much more interesting to me than to her. While not lush, the museum exhibits outshine the facility, allowing the story take center stage. All the employees were gracious and welcoming, and the gift area had some unique items related to the Civil War and the Victorian era in it that came home with us as well.

Texas Civil War Museum field equipment

According to History.net, the museum was built upon the private collection of Texas oilman Ray Richey. It numbers more than 5,000 artifacts. In the past ten years, the museum has:

  • Hosted 1,250 field trips
  • Taught 51,000 students
  • Welcomed 200,000 guests from all 50 states and 105 countries
  • Received 32,000 volunteer service hours from over 100 volunteers
  • Expanded their galleries and collections
  • Stocked over 500 book titles in the gift shop
  • Ranked # 4 out of 30 museums in Fort Worth and #11 out of 129 Fort Worth attractions on Trip Advisor

Texas Civil War Museum display

LOCATION – 

 

760 Jim Wright Freeway North (West Loop 820), Fort Worth, TX 76108
(817) 246-2323

HOURS

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm * Additional times for groups.
Closed New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Note: The museum will follow the school weather-related closing schedule of the Fort Worth ISD.

COST (as of publication)

Adult: $7.00, Children ages 6 thru 12: $4.00, Children ages 6 and under: FREE with adult, Group rates available. Tour guides and bus drivers are admitted free. Book tours at least two weeks in advance and call the museum to schedule date and method of payment. Free parking.

http://www.texascivilwarmuseum.com/ 
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