Housed in the ca. 1839 Exchange Building, the Siege Museum interprets civilian life in Petersburg before, during, and immediately after the Civil War. Through artifacts, documents and photographs, emphasis is given to the ten-month siege of Petersburg (June 1864 - April 1865) - the longest period of time that an American city has been under a military siege. The exhibition illustrates how the siege impacted civilian life in Petersburg.
In addition to the permanent exhibitions, visitors to the Siege Museum can view the film, "The Echoes Still Remain" narrated by the late film star and Petersburg native Joseph Cotten. The eighteen-minute film shown on an hourly schedule explores Petersburg's involvement in the Civil War.
SCAVENGER HUNT! Children of all ages enjoy searching for the treasures highlighted in this popular activity. Pick up your free scavenger hunt guide at the front desk.
The Exchange Building, built between 1839 and 1841 is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture. The building was commissioned by a group of merchants to create a trading center where graded and certified samples of agricultural products could be shown to prospective buyers.
The Siege Museum
15 W. Bank St.
Petersburg, VA 23803