Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum, New Orleans

4.1
Military Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
Confederate Memorial Hall Museum is a museum located in New Orleans which contains historical artifacts related to the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) and the American Civil War. It is historically also known as "Memorial Hall". It houses the second-largest collection of Confederate Civil War items in the world, behind the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. The museum has been advertised as Louisiana's Civil War Museum and as Louisiana's Oldest Museum.This "Adjunct of the Howard Memorial Library Association", according to Frank T. Howard's letter of 8 Jan. 1891, was placed in the "possession" the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Historical Association "to be set apart forever for the use of" that organization. Sully & Toledano designed the hall, which was completed in 1888, following the Richardsonian Romanesque style of the Howard Library designed by H.H. Richardson.CollectionsThe Confederate Memorial Hall contains over 5,000 historical artifacts including several rare Civil War items. It holds the personal effects and uniforms of Confederate generals Braxton Bragg and P.G.T. Beauregard, as well as over 140 regimental and other C.S.A. flags. Jefferson Davis' wife Varina Davis donated several of her late husband's belongings to the museum including items of clothing, his Bible and saddle, plus a crown of thorns from Pope Pius IX.
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  • Memorial Hall is aptly named. It is a shrine to the South, including many interesting Civil War artifacts, including portraits, busts, uniforms, flags, etc. As such it is a museum whcih is more...  more »
  • This Museum is loaded with artifacts from the civil war. There is so much history here including the building itself. The museum is small but only $10 to visit. Well worth the couple of hours you.....  more »
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  • Ok, so the docents here put an emphasis on this being the past and do not act like sore losers for how the war turned out (the Civil War that is). There are basic historical markers, facts about what happened, uniforms, weapons and just so much interesting stuff. There are a few steps in front to get in, and I do not know if there is a ramp or any way for handicapped to get in. Set in a fully restored building, there is just so much to the displays to look at. There is a small gift shop. This was an enjoyable visit.
  • All I can say is wow. This historic building houses some great memorabilia, and great stories and artifacts from the civil war. There are even tree stumps tucked in between cases with cannon balls and shrapnel buried in them. Lots of uniforms and weapons from the period.

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