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Missouri Civil War Museum Hosts Grand Opening Friday

Do you plan to visit the museum? Share a few photos you take on Patch. The museum will open to the public within two weeks, officials say.

Photo Credit: Missouri Civil War Museum
Photo Credit: Missouri Civil War Museum

It's a long time coming, but it seems the moment has come for the Missouri Civil War Museum to open.

It's taken just about a decade, and in that 10 years the Jefferson Barracks site has been transformed into quite a site.

The $1.7 million museum, and it's renovations, is largely funded via St. Louis County Port Authority’s Community Reinvestment Fund. The museum was granted $650,000 from it. River City Casino also donated $19,000, and the museum raised more than $1 million in private donations.

There will be a grand opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Missouri Civil War Museum on Friday at 10:20 a.m. However, a press release says it's not for the public. It will open to the general public within two weeks.

Located in the newly renovated Jefferson Barracks 1905 Post Exchange Building, the new museum came to be through extensive renovations.

The first part of the restoration activities focused on the building’s exterior damage such as the leaking roof, damaged windows and doors, and the restoration of original wooden architectural features.

Take a look at the video of Museum Executive Director Mark Trout showing where some of the money goes.

Do you plan to visit the museum? Uploading photos from your visit onto Patch is really easy. Click the "Post" button below the "Boards" tab on the home screen. Do you have a lot to say about the subject? Scroll to the blogs section and click the "Start Blogging" tab.
Lemay Chamber of Commerce June 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM
This museum has been painstakingly restored and has accumulated quite an impressive collection of artifacts. It will bring many thousands of visitors to historic Jefferson Barracks every year. We are very excited about this new addition to Lemay!
Sahtzie June 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Congrats!! Can't wait to see the finished project! Such a shame that St. Louis County allowed the historic building to sit in shambles for so long! If not for citizen involvement, the County would have left the building to crumble!

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