American Civil War Museum


The grueling and divisive Civil War tore apart the fabric of our new democracy, bringing war to our doorstep and confronting Americans with complex choices that still reverberate in our lives today. The new American Civil War Museum, currently under construction on the historic Tredegar Iron Works site in Richmond, VA, is positioned to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies.

We had the opportunity to create an experience that is wholly different from a “typical” Civil War museum in order to engage, attract, and educate a new audience of visitors. A large body of artifacts is incorporated into an already complicated and sensitive subject matter.

The outcome is an evocative and environmental design that intertwines artifacts with personal narratives to make an intimate connection to the item, resulting in a deepened understanding of the impact of the war.

“Building this new museum is about building a new ideology about how we do history. It’s a celebration of the legacies that each of us brings to the table, but pivoting it for new audiences who are asking a whole new set of amazing questions.”

Christy Coleman
CEO, American Civil War Museum