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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)

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


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

Welcome to the Exchange Hotel

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 take the vistor back 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 items pertaining to the period.

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 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 graceful building returned to its role of hotel. Now fully restored, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the Civil War era.


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

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.



Amazing collection of history. Staff is helpful, and personable. They know their stuff.
Bob S.
A fascinating, unique museum. Much detail and comprehensive explanations of each aspect of the hotels history.
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

Good job preserving this awesome piece of history.

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