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The Museum - About Museum

The New England Civil War Museum 

About The Museum

The New England Civil War Museum is located in Vernon, Connecticut. The museum and research center reside in the historic downtown section of Rockville. It is housed in an original Grand Army of the Republic hall and contains numerous one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Civil War, with an emphasis on Connecticut's contributions. The library and research center contain hundreds of books and periodicals for research and study.

The New England Civil War Museum & Research Center, is a subsidiary of Alden Skinner Camp #45, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is an all-volunteer organization led by an executive director and staffed by museum interpreters. Museum direction, development, and strategy are overseen by a board of directors, which consists of the officers of Alden Skinner Camp.   

The museum and research center reside on the second floor of the historic Memorial Hall and holds many artifacts related to the Civil War period with an emphasis on those who served from the state of Connecticut.  It was originally initiated by the Civil War veterans in Burpee Post #71 as early as 1896. They used the rooms as a meeting and social place between 1890-1934. The veterans sought "to perpetuate the memory of its dead for all time" and encouraged members of the post to donate their personal wartime relics to the building up of a museum.   

The museum, though small in size, has the honor and distinction of being the only surviving GAR Hall in Connecticut and one of the longest continuously used GAR Halls in the entire country. 


The museum is OPEN Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, excluding holidays. Admission is FREE.

The Museum - Our Mission


Our mission is to connect the people of today with the experiences, memories, and humanity of the people of the American Civil War era.

Hours & Pricing


The Museum

Every Saturday & Sunday(excluding holidays): 10:00am - 3:00pm

O'Connell-Chapman Library & Research Center

Open by appointment


"The Sutler's Shop" Museum Store

Open during regular museum hours



No admission charge

*Donations are greatly appreciated


The museum is handicapped-accessible. 

An elevator is located at the back of the entry floor

The Museum - Hours Pricing
The Museum - Directions Parking

Directions & Parking

The New England Civil War Museum is located in downtown Rockville on the second floor of the Vernon Town Hall on Park Place. There is ample free parking available, either on the street or in the back parking lot of the building.

The Museum - Other Points of Interest

Other Points of Interest

Looking for some other places to visit?

Vernon Historical Society

734 Hartford Turnpike Vernon, CT 06066

Open Thursdays & 2nd and 4th Sundays (2:00pm-4:00pm)


Ellington Historical Society

70 Main Street Ellington, CT 06029

Open for monthly events and by appointment by contacting


Tolland Historical Society

Operates three museums.  Click HERE for details

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