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Museum Hours

Mon - Thurs  10 - 4 pm 
Friday  12 - 4 pm
Saturday  10 - 4 pm
Sunday    1 - 4 pm
All Major Holidays
(i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter)


General $10.00
Children (8 - 12) $3.00
Children (7yrs. & under) Free




The Museum building, a National Historic Landmark, is not handicap accessible, and takes approximately 1+ hours to explore the three levels of exhibitions.


Welcome to the Exchange Hotel

Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. Soon war began. Troops, supplies, and wounded were transported on these railroads to Gordonsville. The Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital which provided care for 70,000 soldiers, both Confederate and Union. In the reconstruction period, this hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman's Bureau Hospital. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this graceful building returned to its role of hotel. Now fully restored, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the Civil War era.

Volunteers Needed

volunteers needed

The Exchange Hotel is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The museum depends on the volunteer efforts of the community to keep it operational. There are many ways volunteers are needed. If you feel you would like to be involved as a volunteer, please contact us at 540.823.2944.



Evening Tours Available

evening tours

Have you ever wondered what happens after the museum closes? After everyone goes home and darkness falls?  Well, the museum takes on an atmosphere all on its own. Come join us in learning the history and activity experienced after dark. Find out if you are sensitive to your surroundings and if your skepticism can be maintained after a night visit.  When you have moment,  check out our new evidence collection of video clips, photos, and evps of activity we've captured during our evening tours. 



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Thank you for visiting! We would love to hear your comments, and/or suggestions for improvement to the site. If you've visited us here at the Museum in Gordonville, Va, please drop us a note and let us know about your experience.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 26th 2016  -  Easter Event at the Exchange Hotel




As an R.N. I have a new appreciation of the physicians and nurses of the Civil War era. Limited means, no technology, yet many lives saved.

Baltimore, MD

I was contacted by a loved one which totally caught me off guard! This is a wonderful place to visit, so much history! Can't wait to go back.
Bridget Pace
A fascinating, unique museum. Much detail and comprehensive explanations of each aspect of the hotels history.
Good job preserving this awesome piece of history.
Amazing collection of history. Staff is helpful, and personable. They know their stuff.
Bob S.

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