Handwritten letters, like Presidential handshakes and day-old bagels, turn into relics of history when held onto for an extended period of time. Take a historical journey with today’s Groupon for a one-year membership to The Museum of the Confederacy. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a one-year individual regional membership (a $50 value).
- For $30, you get a one-year family regional membership, good for two adults and children under the age of 17 (a $60 value).
The Museum of the Confederacy introduces guests to an expansive collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs scattered throughout the historic building's three floors. Kids and grown-up kids alike can explore the regularly changing current exhibitions, including a chronological examination of the history of the Confederacy from its formation to the surrender at Appomattox. The collection also showcases artifacts such as Confederate uniforms, Civil War firearms, and a letter from Pope Pius IX to Jefferson Davis expressing concerns about the colonies' nonsymmetrical borders.
Along with unlimited free admission to the collection and the Confederate White House, members receive a 10% discount on all purchases and friendships made in the Haverstack Store. Membership grants access to members-only events, an exclusive section of the museum's website, and research services at the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library. History buffs can also expect complimentary copies of museum publications, including a monthly newsletter and a subscription to the quarterly magazine, to peruse during reenactments of Robert E. Lee's longest wait in a dentist's office.
The Museum of the Confederacy
The White House of the Confederacy constituted the social, political, and military headquarters of Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Later named a National Historic Landmark, the building still stands today. Daily guided tours lead guests through the grand 19th-century structure, which houses more than half its original wartime furnishings.
The White House is only steps away from The Museum of the Confederacy's Richmond location, where a core exhibit chronicles the Confederacy from its beginnings to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Opened 25 years after that fateful event, the nonprofit museum displays artifacts from a collection of more than 15,000 items. They include Stonewall Jackson's sword, a letter from Pope Pius IX, and all the pennies Jefferson Davis etched his face onto in his spare time.
Meanwhile, another 400 artifacts adorn the permanent exhibit at the museum's Appomattox location. Here, a dozen audiovisual stations, parole lists, and the uniform coat worn by Lee illustrate the event that brought the Civil War to a close.
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