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Museum Hours

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

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

Admission

Day Tours (Self-Guided)  
General $10.00
Children (8 - 12) $3.00
Children (7yrs. & under) Free
   
Evening Tours (Public)  
 * Friday Nights Only : 8pm - 12pm $25.00
 * 8 Person Minimum - Reservation required.  
 * Check our Event Calendar for scheduled dates.
 * Check our Evening Tours page for additional information.
 
 * Must be 16 or older. 
 * Guests under 16 must be approved prior
to the night of the tour.
 

Welcome to the Exchange Hotel

exchangehotel with soldiers

About The Museum

The Civil War Medical Museum at the Exchange Hotel contains exhibitions on the history of Gordonsville as a railroad town, the elegance of the Exchange Hotel and its transformation and remarkable history as the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital with its medical and Civil War artifacts.

Three floors of displays in an 1860 railroad hotel retakes visitors in time. The Georgian architecture with its verandas and second-floor entry steps are reminiscent of Hotel days of a bygone era.

The Museum houses a world-renowned collection of artifacts relating to medical care during the Civil War. Among the many artifacts currently on display are surgical instruments used by Confederate medical staff, various pharmaceutical bottles and containers, medical knapsacks and panniers, stretchers and litters, prosthetic devices, and dental tools.

The Museum displays of period furnishings and surgical artifacts remind the visitor of the eras when the building served as a Hotel and then as a Battlefield Receiving Hospital-the scene of untold agony and death, the building survived the conflict and is the only Receiving Hospital still standing in Virginia.

During the reconstruction period, the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman's Bureau. On display are the original letters from the students to their teacher, court cases adjudicated in the building and other period items.

Historic Gordonsville, Inc. acquired and restored the property in 1971. It was recognized and placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 1973 and acknowledged as an African-American Memorial Site in June of 2002.

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 the 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. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this elegant building returned to its role of the hotel. Now fully restored, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the Civil War era.

 

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Testimonials

A fascinating, unique museum. Much detail and comprehensive explanations of each aspect of the hotels history.
Guest
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.
Barb

Baltimore, MD

Good job preserving this awesome piece of history.
Guest
Amazing collection of history. Staff is helpful, and personable. They know their stuff.
Bob S.
Nicely done, logical order. Thank you for preserving the soldiers names who didn't survive.
Bob Gilbert - Rochester N.Y.
Love this place. I almost cried because of its beauty. It's amazing!
Anonymous

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