This was added to my recent excursion as one of the few Charlottesville area museums on this unfortunate part of our past. I did not hold high hopes for it but I found myself very pleasantly surprised and impressed. This is not one of the canned museum tours, you receive some background and then are permitted to wander and absorb the offerings
without the usual nanny. Displays are right out front--you can see them from all angles
without the usual glass boxes. In fact you can smell, and although you shouldn't--even touch them. I found it made for an extremely personal and profound experience. My son and I spent nearly 3-1/2 hours on what I had budgeted for a one hour experience. If this era interests you , I cannot recommend it too highly.
Al and Alex Short. 29 June 2017
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