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National Civil War Museum

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Address: 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Phone Number: 866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look...
The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.
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I visited this museum with my 3 kids on a mini "history tour" of Harrisburg & Philadelphia this summer. It was a great educational, informative, yet fun experience. Great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I visited this museum with my 3 kids on a mini "history tour" of Harrisburg & Philadelphia this summer. It was a great educational, informative, yet fun experience. Great displays and organization. Held the attention ofthe kids, ages 10-17. Admission is cheap (only $11) but they advertise on Groupon.

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Selden, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Our first day in PA it rained. We stopped by the museum for a few hours and found the whole thing very interesting. I loved the way it was set up and it was a nice little history lesson for the kids :)

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Wonderful museum with a self-guided tour that includes video recordings providing both sides of the issues surrounding the Civil War. The tour is engaging and accessible for younger (7 and up) children. The grounds are beautiful. Use a AAA membership for a discount.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Not far off the main highways. Open 7 days. $11 per person. Two floors that cover the whole war but perhaps in too summarized a fashion. Felt too light on content. Lighting on some displays is poor. There are too many typos in the signage. Takes 2-4 hours to cover the whole thing well. It is a strong introduction for... More 

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

We spent a very pleasant morning here with our friends. I particularly love some of the historic artifacts, many very significant ones. All of us enjoyed the videos, very well done. The historic recreations are good, though perhaps my least favorite part. My spouse needs a wheelchair, and they have them available. Best advice I can give is to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I was expecting a place like this to be a boring experience with a few cool things to look at but I was wrong. The tour guide was very informative and innovative. Instead of just showing he made you interested in learning. Definitely will return and the scenery and objects here are pretty cool.

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Freeland, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If you like anything at all that has to do with American history, than this place is a must! We found out about this place through Groupon and are very glad we did. This museum has so much to see that you really need to spend a whole day here. On the day of our visit, they were doing an... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Wow! Is a good word to describe this museum. I need to return soon as i could not spend the required time necessary for this magnificent gem of a place. So much info on the civil war....wow

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a Smithsonian institution and is set up like the ones in Washington DC. Very good attracts representing both sides of the Civil war. Told very well.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Up on a hill overlooking the city. Very nicely done museum with many interesting exhibits. Also some artwork on the grounds. Overall a worthwhile visit. About 2 hours to go through.

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