The Texas Civil War Museum maintains the most comprehensive collection of artifacts west of the Mississippi River. While TCWM is best known for its military collections, it also holds significant collections of domestic objects and historic flags, personal items and artifacts, and postwar Victorian attire. Scroll down to see a trailer of our original video showing in the theatre - "Our Homes-Our Rights--Texas in the Civil War" This film is the winner of the 2007 Mitchell Wilder Award, Texas Association of Museums. The Texas Civil War Museum is a rare partnership in that it contains private collections and a collection in public trust. Artifact collections total approximately 4,000 items rotating on exhibit. Among these are:
The Ray Richey Civil War Collection: With over 3,000 items, This private collection brings a broad view of the period through its extensive collection of Northern and Southern Artifacts. From Infantry to Cavalry, and from Artillery to Navy, each gallery gives a detailed view of the War Between the States. Wings of the gallery showcase certain aspects of the war including the Medical branch and Musical instruments. Ray Richey's collection is considered one of the largest private Civil War collections in the world.
The Judy Richey Victorian Dress Collection: This private collection is an expansive look at original women's and children's clothing from the Victorian Era. With over 300 victorian dresses and hundreds of accessories, the museum exhibits rotate to include 1860 - 1900 attire.
Under The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Confederate Collection: This over 100 year old collection contains articles from the home front and its emphasis is the Texas soldier. It also has the largest collection of original, historic Texas flags in the state. There are over 60 flags that rotate on exhibit. Most of the artifacts were given to the collection by the veterans and/or their families.
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