Virginia has a rich history with many chapters, including the American Civil War, which forever changed our nation. Stories of the Civil War and its legacies will be presented in a new dimension at The American Civil War Museum with the opening of the new Robins Theater this June!
This exciting new element of interpretation is a feature of the museum experience at The American Civil War Museum’s Tredegar location in Richmond, VA - one of the three sites the Museum operates.
A rich story-telling tapestry
The American Civil War Museum presents history where it happened. In Richmond, the former Tredegar Ironworks site played an integral role in the War, and the city itself was the capital of the Confederacy.
The American Civil War Museum is a venue for storytelling, education and exploration of the significance that the Civil War holds for complexities we face today. Through its expansive collection of Civil War era artifacts, research and interpretation, the museum delves into the cause, costs and consequences of the Civil War and its legacies in its exhibits, programs and tours.
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The opening of the Robins Theater adds a new dimension to the way the museum tells the story of the war.
A multimedia experience
Located within The American Civil War Museum’s Tredegar site, the Robins Theater, designed by Solid Light Inc., is equipped with state-of-the-art technology in video and audio components. The latest technology is utilized to support the dramatic visuals of the film, immersing the audience in the Civil War era. The theater itself adds a modern multi-use space for programs, performances or lectures.
During museum hours, visitors will have the opportunity to view the original film, “A People’s Contest: America’s Civil War and Emancipation,” which is just under 13 minutes in length. This film was developed to inspire an understanding of the origins, motivations, course and aftermath of the war, and complements the museum’s flagship exhibit, “A People’s Contest: Struggles for Nation & Freedom in Civil War America.”
The film includes first-person quotes, historical photos and archival materials brought together through contemporary filmmaking techniques to create an innovative experience rooted in the stories of the Civil War era. With an original script and musical score, the film reflects themes of the Museum’s flagship exhibition by presenting distinctive and unexpected elements that bring to life the realities of war - both on the battlefield and the homefront.
Learn more about the Museum
The American Civil War Museum explores the stories of the American Civil War and its legacies from the perspectives of soldiers and civilians, and freed and enslaved African Americans. Through dynamic exhibitions and an unparalleled collection of Civil War era artifacts, the Museum seeks to connect history and current culture.
The American Civil War Museum welcomes visitors at two sites in Richmond, Virginia — Historic Tredegar and The White House of the Confederacy, and also at American Civil War Museum - Appomattox, in Appomattox, Virginia.
For more information, virtual program schedules, and ticketing, visit acwm.org.