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Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum

629 S 7th St, Springfield, IL 62703-1636
+1 217-522-4373
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Disappointed that it wasn't open during posted open hours.

I showed up at 2:45 on a Saturday afternoon. Their hours are listed as 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, but... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
William R
,
Lowell, Arkansas
Surprised

My husband and I were looking for anything civil war related and decided to stop here and enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
676ginak
,
Dallas, United States
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Our collection includes relics of the Civil War but highlights the membership and work done by the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and their auxiliary, the Woman's Relief Corps (W.R.C.). Visitors to the museum receive a brief description of what the museum is and what you will see. You have the option to view the displays and read the interpretive panels on your own or receive a guided tour complete with additional descriptions and more in-depth commentary. Depending on the date of your visit, special exhibits may be on display.
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629 S 7th St, Springfield, IL 62703-1636
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+1 217-522-4373
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

I showed up at 2:45 on a Saturday afternoon. Their hours are listed as 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, but they were closed. I can understand that with a volunteer crew, there can be extenuating circumstances. I'll try again, and I'm sure that I'll be...More

Thank William R
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for anything civil war related and decided to stop here and enjoyed our talk with the curator of the museum. He was very knowledgeable and explained why some things this museum are known for aren't historically accurate items that...More

Thank 676ginak
Reviewed 16 July 2017

I've lived in Springfield, Il. most of my life and have driven past the Grand Army of the Republic Museum for years. It wasn't until family was in town that we stopped in. Want a surprise! With the help of Bruce, Museum Director, we found...More

Thank charles c
Bruce B, Museum Director at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you again for visiting our museum and for the kind review. We are glad to be able to assist families find or learn more about their Civil War ancestor. It was a bonus to see that your Great Grandfather Coe was a member of...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

The GAR museum is just down the street from Lincoln's home. The volunteer is very knowledgeable about the GAR. It is a very informative and interesting visit. Lot of Civil War artifacts and history. Check for times...think Th - Sa....

Thank Chas L
Bruce B, Museum Director at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you for spending some time with us. We like hearing about your experience. We are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM each day.

Reviewed 25 June 2017

A true gem of a museum that shouldn't be missed.! The museum director Bruce gave an excellent review of the local history of the GAR. He also was very helpful in pointing us in the right direction in finding our ancestors that had fought in...More

Thank vze322dc
Bruce B, Museum Director at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed the visit. We sure enjoy sharing our knowledge and the collection with others.

Reviewed 10 July 2016

Interesting little museum, with tons of historical mementos from the Civil War Era. If the Civil War is of interest to you, then you will find this a worthwhile visit.

1  Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The GAR movement was a HUGE political force in its day and was a precursor to the American Legion another political force post WW1. This museum is very small with sporadic hours but it is a must see if you are in the area.

2  Thank chriscentralIllinois
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Eclectic collection of Civil War memorabilia and subsequent GAR mementoes. If you are interested in Civil War artifacts, do not miss this museum just a few blocks from Lincoln's house.

2  Thank CANDY10580
Reviewed 8 January 2016

I lived in Springfield for five years and had never been in this museum. My Son lives there now and on a recent visit we decided to see what is in it because it doesn't look like much from the outside and is on the...More

2  Thank KevanF
Reviewed 11 October 2015

We enjoyed seeing this museum even though it's rather small (one room and no restrooms available. It's free but they do like to get a donation if possible to keep it going. They get no state or federal funds so it's a nice thing to...More

2  Thank CM W
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