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Virginia Museum of the Civil War

8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market, VA
+1 866-515-1864
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Well laid out

This is a very nice Civil War museum that is nicely laid out. The movie is very informative but at... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
nriemen
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Winchester, Virginia
Good Museum

We enjoyed our time at the museum. The movie they showed for an introduction to the battlefield was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tracey M
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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This is the only state-owned Civil War museum in Virginia and is administered by the Virginia Military Institute. The site consists of three elements: The Virginia Museum of the Civil War, the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and the Historic Bushong Farm.The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail System. The museum focuses on the whole war in the Commonwealth of Virginia with special attention paid to the Battle of New Market on May 15th 1864 and the role played by the corps of cadets from the Virginia Military Institute. A total of 257 cadets from VMI participated in the battle with 47 wounded and 10 killed because of the fighting. The museum features exhibits, dioramas, artifacts from the battle and an Emmy-award winning film called Field of Lost Shoes shown hourly in the theater. Outside visitors will enjoy three hundred acres of core battlefield property accessible by foot or car. The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park offers two walking trails across the farm and battlefield terminating atop Bushong's Hill and two scenic overlooks 100 feet above the Shenandoah River. Historically-named features include the Field of Lost Shoes, a wheatfield so named by cadets because of lost footwear, and the Fatal Orchard, a dangerous part of the battlefield next to the farm. Finally, the Bushong Farm features seven buildings to explore. The two frame houses were witnesses to the battle that day. Exhibits inside tell the story of what life was like in the Shenandoah Valley before and during the Civil War.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market, VA
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a very nice Civil War museum that is nicely laid out. The movie is very informative but at 45 minutes in length is a bit too long. Even though it was snowing quite heavily, we walked the battlefield and so glad we did....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our time at the museum. The movie they showed for an introduction to the battlefield was interesting, but was way too long and lost my attention. The firearm displays were interesting as were the clothing displays from the civil war. The Bushong house...More

Thank Tracey M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very professional museum highlighting the VMI class that was ordered into the civil war. The entire approach is very objective and does not make any statement about the right or wrong of either side or glorify the war but does tell the...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

I Learned from the (albeit biased) exhibits in the museum, and after visiting the museum was looking forward to visiting the Bushong Farmhouse which is 100 yards from the museum. This house was used during the Battle of New Market. However it was not possible...More

1  Thank boundforglory
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

If you enjoy history of the civil war; then you must take this tour. So much to learn. Take all the time you need. Great stop. We will come back again and again.

Thank Don B
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

This museum turned out to be a great stop right off of I-81. The layout of the top floor of the museum (round) allows you to follow a chronological timeline as you read historical information and see artifacts. From start to finish, you get a...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

This was an excellent museum showing the civil war in Virginia and especially the part Virginia Military Institute played in the New Market Battle. Be sure to watch the movie, it was done very well. We walked the trails afterwards to where the family stayed...More

Thank ksrich
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

This museum is located just off I-81 and it is best to follow the directions on the website (as my GPS wanted me to park on 81). It is a small museum with a sole focus of Virginia Civil War History and the cadets of...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent museum. The film is a must see! We enjoyed the evening lantern tour “Spirits of New Market”, a reenactment of the night after the battle. Just one precaution, DO NOT BE MISLED BY THE Virginia Military Museum which is about 1/4...More

1  Thank jmcclain216
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Nice antiquities, informative movie to view which summarizes the Civil War. It gave us a perspective on what those men endured.

Thank Michael T
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clyoung
30 May 2016|
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Response from Shenandoa | Property representative |
Greetings. Yes the use of a mobility scooter is encouraged inside and out on the battlefield. We keep the grass mowed short for added mobility.
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Rob L
22 September 2015|
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Response from Shenandoa | Property representative |
General Admission Hello Sir, We are open from 9:00 to 5:00 and are located at 8895 George R. Collins Parkway, New Market, VA 22844. Our building is round with a metal rotunda that looks like a drum. Here is our admission... More
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