We now have an artist’s rendering of what the new American Civil War Museum will look like along the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The new building is the culmination of the recent merger between the Museum of the Confederacy and American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.
The new two-story building will have 39,818 square feet for exhibits, an immersive theater, a small cafe, a catering kitchen, offices and storage. The museum’s unparalleled collection of Civil War artifacts will be housed in a state-of-the-art preservation and storage area covering 4,600 square feet.
Exhibit space will include 3,140 square feet on the first level and 3,500 square feet on the second level. The Civil War museum also prepares exhibits for the National Park Service in the Pattern Building, which increases the total exhibit space to about 11,000 square feet, said S. Waite Rawls III, co-CEO of the museum.
I have no doubt that Christy Coleman and Waite Rawls will help to see to completion a state-of-the-art museum that contributes to the economic development along the city’s canal and attracts visitors from near and far.
What I still want to hear more about are plans to reach out to local schools and other parts of the community that are under served for one reason or another. What will education look like in this new facility? Certainly with the financial resources available and the talent being pooled as the result of this deal there is an opportunity to think anew about this crucial component of any history museum.