Civil War & Emancipation Day brings free museum admissions

It’s time to cram years of Civil War history into a single day.

This Saturday, over 25 museums, sites, and activity centers will offer free admission, along with walking tours and presentations, to celebrate Civil War & Emancipation Day.

While some sites are free year-round, others like the White House of the Confederacy ($6 – $15) and The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar ($4 – $8) cost money, so it’s a great way to sample many of Richmond’s best museums without breaking the bank.

Here are many of the locations taking part:


In addition to the free admission, there will also be walking tours, bus tours, and programs (PDF) throughout the day at various locations.

Here are few you should consider:

  • “Meet Richmond’s Civil War Spies” • Guided bus tour at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM (registration encouraged).
  • Historic Jackson Ward Walking Tour • Meet at 600 N. 2nd Street at 12:30 PM.
  • Walking Tour of Richmond Slave Trail • Main Street Station. Runs from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
  • Civil War Sampler Bus Tour • 1015 E. Clay Street. Runs 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Tickets are $20 – $25.


VCU RamCharter will offer FREE shuttle service to participating locations throughout the day. You can view a map of the routes here (PDF).

Civil War & Emancipation Day is Saturday, April 12th from 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM.

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Nathan Cushing

Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

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