Texas Civil War Museum
Home to the largest collection of Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi, the Texas Civil War Museum boasts everything from weapons used on the battlefield to Victorian-era dresses. The museum displays artifacts from both the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict and highlights the role Texas played in the Civil War.
Museum visitors can tour an array of permanent and rotating exhibits that display more than 4,000 different wartime artifacts and learn about the pieces’ original owners and the role they played in the war. For a deeper look at Texas’ stand in the Civil War, start by watching the on-site movie “Our Homes, Our Rights: Texas in the Civil War” before exploring the rest of the museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
The museum is popular with history buffs and Civil War enthusiasts.
There is a Civil War and Victorian-themed souvenir shop on site.
The museum is wheelchair accessible and has two wheelchairs available for guests’ use.
The museum takes about 2 hours to explore fully.
How to Get There
The museum is located on the west side of Fort Worth, about 12 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown, and can be reached by car via the I-820 Loop.
When to Get There
The museum is open year-round from Thursday through Saturday. From March through August, the museum is also open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The museum sometimes hosts reenactment events and presentations by historians; call in advance or check the online event schedule to learn more before you visit.
Other Historic Attractions in Fort Worth
After visiting the Texas Civil War Museum, learn more about Fort Worth’s history at the Thistle Hill House Museum and the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, both of which provide an inside look at Victorian-era life in Texas. For a more interactive experience, head to the Stockyards National Historic District to experience Texas’ rodeo culture and learn about its history.