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The Missouri Civil War Museum is a fully recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization. Our organization was incorporated in 2002 for the sole purpose of saving the historic Jefferson Barracks 1905 Post Exchange Building and converting it into what will become Missouri's largest and finest Civil War museum, library, and educational center. When completed, our facility will become the fourth largest Civil War Museum in the nation and one of the largest Civil War research libraries in the nation as well. Our focus is entirely on Missouri's role in the American Civil War.

Our facility is located within the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri, which is recognized as the oldest active military installation west of the Mississippi River. The Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery was established during the American Civil War (1863) and is the final resting place for some 16,000 Civil War soldiers from both the Union and the Confederacy. Many people believe that Jefferson Barracks is without question, one of the most sacred and historically significant sites in all of Missouri regarding the American Civil War. The brave Civil War soldiers who served here, died here, and are now at rest here have made it so.


The purpose of the Missouri Civil War Museum is to educate the public of the true aspects and history of the American Civil War and its relevance to the state of Missouri. To obtain, preserve, and display items, artifacts, and documents relating to Missouri and the Civil War in an attempt to correctly interpret this most important and turbulent period in our country’s history. A facility that will be deeply rooted in American history and ever so committed in preserving our entire and complete Civil War heritage. An educational institution that will always place an equal emphasis on both the Union and the Confederacy. A place where the North and South can finally meet together, in peace, in honor, and in the Midwest.


The Missouri Civil War Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the memory of all of the men, women, and children who suffered and endured the pain of the American Civil War. From the bravest soldiers who ever donned the uniforms of the Blue or the Gray, to the thousands of widows and orphans who were left behind. To the millions of men and women of color who were finally able to find a “new birth of freedom” and to all Americans of today and of tomorrow, this educational facility is entirely dedicated to you.

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