The Richmond National Park Service's main visitors center is located at
470 Tredegar Street on the James River in downtown Richmond Virginia. Its
main purpose is to assist visitors wishing to go to the 1862 and 1864
Civil War battefields located around Richmond.
At the same site, in the Foundry building at 500 Tredegar Street, is the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar (A.C.W.C.), a privately funded museum that looks at the whole Civil War from Confederate, Union, and Black perspectives.
Both Centers share the main visitor entrance described below.
To locate the N.P.S. Visitors Center and the A.C.W.C. simply:
The N.P.S. Visitors Center and the A.C.W.C. are open from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. daily. They are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years days.
At the time of this writing the A.C.W.C., which runs the parking lot used by both centers, charges a $3.00 per hour fee for parking ($12 max). However when you pay the entrance fee to the A.C.W.C. Museum, they will validate your parking ticket so that you do not have to pay parking.
The current entrance fee for the A.C.W.C. is: Adults $8.00, Seniors (age 62+) $6.00, Children (age 6-17) $4.00, Groups (10 or more) $5.00 and Children (age 5 and under) FREE. The American Civil War Center's phone number is 804 780-1865
Entrance to the N.P.S. Visitors Center is free, however, contributions are accepted ($3.00 is the recommended contribution). If you hold a National Park Service pass of any type the Park Service can validate your parking also. The National Park Service Richmond Headquarters phone number is 804 226-1981
The American Civil War Center and the N.P.S. Visitors Center share a reception area on the first floor of the N.P.S. building.
The Tredegar facilities are leased from the New Market (formerly Ethyl) Corporation which owns the site.
VISITING THE A.C.W.C. & N.P.S. VISITORS CENTER
When you park your car in the lot you will see the main entrance (indicated by the "A" on the photograph below).
The N.P.S. Rangers at Tredegar will also provide information on the Civil War sites and battlefield parks located around Richmond including Cold Harbor, Glendale, Malvern Hill, Fort Harrison, and Chimborazo, (the N.P.S. medical museum at the location of the former Confederate Civil War hospital by that name.) They will also direct you to a twenty-two minute film depicting the Civil War battles around Richmond, that is shown on the third floor of the N.P.S. Visitors Center hourly.
Finally; here are the answers to two of the most often asked questions: 1) The large white building at the top of the hill behind the Iron Works is the headquarters of the New Market Corporation and was built in the 1950's. 2) "Tredegar" is a Welsh name given to the Iron Works by workers brought here from Wales to construct it. It is pronounced "Tre-dee-gar" over there, but it is pronounced "tred-e-gar" over here. (We hope you understand our phonetic spelling).