The Civil War Museum & the Women’s Museum of the Civil War are America’s largest and most complete Museums devoted to the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Over 8000 Square feet of authentic period exhibits tell of the struggle between the forces of the Union and Confederacy, from the Appalachian Mountains west to the Mississippi and south to Georgia and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Museums are located in downtown Bardstown, Kentucky, in the center of the beautiful Bourbon country. Bardstown is just one hour West of Lexington, off the Bluegrass Parkway, and 45 minutes South of Louisville, off Highway 65.
The collection of the Civil War Museum includes the flag of raider John Hunt Morgan’s 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman’s presentation sword and a silver flask presented to Confederate General John C. Breckinridge, the former Vice President of the United States. The very large collection is carefully balanced between both Union and Confederate displays. Specialty rooms are set aside for the Politics of the time, Slavery, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and both brown and salt water Navies. Notable in the artillery room is John Mosby’s one pounder smooth bore cannon made by Tredegar Iron Works of Richmond, Virginia.
The interesting Women’s Museum of the Civil War specializes in the fascinating history of the female writers, spies, nurses, administrators and combat soldiers of the period. We believe it is the only museum of it’s kind in the country.
The Museum’s buildings are adjacent to the Old Bardstown Village, a collection of ten original 18th and 19th Century log structures that form a Colonial period settlement along Bardstown’s Museum Row. The rugged Village Cabins are special favorites of children, as is the old covered bridge.
If all of this is not enough, there is also the adjoining War Memorial of Mid America, dedicated to Bardstown native Lt. General Hal Moore, U.S. Army, a Vietnam and Korean War Hero. He and his influential wife, “Miss Julie” Moore, were subjects of the book and movie “We Were Soldiers Once and Young”. Exhibits in this Museum cover conflicts from the American Revolution to the Mid-East battles of today, and are centered on the contributions of the many Kentuckians who served. We have recently expanded our World War I exhibit to honor the 100th anniversary of that war.
Tickets are good for two consecutive days to allow time see everything, and they admit visitors to all the Museums. Special rates are given for groups of 20 or more. For more information, please telephone us at 502-349-0291.
If you are unable to visit, we have a Guided Tour DVD of our Museum is available from our gift shop.
To purchase, call the museum at (502) 349-0291 or contact us on this website.