Confederate Museum Considers Moving Artifacts

September 5, 2007

Fewer and fewer people are coming to the Museum of the Confederacy, so the museum is considering moving its artifacts.

Museum officials say they are exploring the idea of spreading
the bulk of the world's largest collection of Civil War artifacts among three sites outside the former Confederate capital while continuing to maintain a presence in Richmond.

Officials say that two likely locations are the Appomattox Court House National Park and the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center near Fredericksburg. The third site has not been determined.

The museum's spotty attendance was the main factor for the consideration. Visitation has fallen from about 92,000 in the early 1990s to 44,000 last year.

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