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Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier provides a full day of exploring and learning about the Civil War and life in the antebellum South. The Park includes four museums, four historic buildings, and self-guided tours of the Breakthrough Battlefield and Tudor Hall Plantation. Most visitors discover that they need four or more hours to truly experience everything the Park has to offer. A minimum of two hours is recommended.


Sample visiting times at main venues:
The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier 45 minutes
Tudor Hall Plantation and the Field Quarter 45 minutes
Military Encampment and Fortifications Exhibit 30 minutes
Battlefield Center 30 minutes
Banks House 30 minutes

The Breakthrough Trail and Headwaters Trail offer a combined three miles of interpreted walks. Visitors can select from a variety of hikes ranging from fifteen-minute strolls to a walk of two hours. A free audio guide allows visitors to customize their own tours of Tudor Hall Plantation and the Breakthrough Battlefield. You may also download an mp3 audio tour and a map of the Breakthrough Battlefield. Running and biking are not permitted.

Vending machines offering cold drinks and snacks are available at the Battlefield Center. Restrooms are located at the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Tudor Hall Plantation, and the Battlefield Center. Picnic facilities for Park visitors are available near the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.
Wheelchairs and motorized scooters may be available for those needing assistance with mobility. Wheelchairs may be borrowed free of charge and used both indoors and outdoors but are not suitable for battlefield trails. Scooters have a weight limit of 375 lbs., and are for outdoor use only. The cost of renting a scooter for the day is $7. Please check for availability upon admission (scooters may be reserved for up to 30 days ahead of your planned visit). Service animals are welcome.

Lodging and camping are available within five minutes of the Park and in Petersburg and other nearby communities.

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“(Pamplin Historical Park) uses an impressive array of high-tech and interactive displays, artifacts and period costumed interpreters to provide an evenhanded view of the rank-in-file soldier experience during the Civil War.”
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