Experience Civil War History Through the Lives of its Chaplains

National Civil War Chaplains Museum

Learn about the role of chaplains and religious organizations such as the Christian Commission in the Civil War.

Located on the campus of Liberty University, the National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum features an extensive collection of objects and artifacts that tell the story of religion in the camp, on the battlefield, and among prisoners of war. Visitors will learn about the role of chaplains and religious organizations such as the U.S. Christian Commission, and how their commitment to faith affected the daily lives of both Union and Confederate soldiers.


Serving with a Unique Purpose

Founded in 2005, the National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum at Liberty University raises public awareness of the role chaplains, priests, rabbis, and religious organizations played during the Civil War.

Additionally, the museum:

  • Preserves religious artifacts from the war
  • Advances the study of the distribution of religious doctrine and moral teachings during the war
  • Presents programs that show the influence of religion on the lives of political and military personnel

The museum is the only one in the nation that is solely dedicated to honoring the chaplains, priests, and rabbis who served during the Civil War. There were approximately 3,700.

Plan Your Visit to the National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum

Monday-Friday 12-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through May 10, 2021.
Special Hours for commencement week May 11-15: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Closed Monday, May 17.
Summer Hours beginning May 18: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, the museum allows a limited number of visitors inside at one time. Face masks are required and social distancing is encouraged.

The museum is located on Liberty University’s main campus between the Hancock Welcome Center and the Worley Prayer Chapel.


Called and Commissioned by God

Civil War chaplains performed a variety of duties. They preached, acted as personal counselors, visited the sick, and in some cases even joined in battle. View the following exhibits and more at the Civil War Chaplain’s Museum.


(434) 582-7090



National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum

1971 University Blvd.

Lynchburg, VA 24515