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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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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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A Great Little Museum

While driving down the Interstate in Harrisburg, we saw the sign for this museum and decided to stop. It is a small museum, off the beaten path. We were pleasantly surprised. This... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Denver, Indiana
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Denver, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

While driving down the Interstate in Harrisburg, we saw the sign for this museum and decided to stop. It is a small museum, off the beaten path. We were pleasantly surprised. This is a wonderful Civil War museum. It details the war in great detail and contains nice artifacts of the time. We are so glad we stopped.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Spent four hours there looking at exhibits. It's a fairly new facility, having been built in 2000. Very engrossing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

I truly love history and walking back in time. The museum was fun and educational for all of us. I could have spent the entire day here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I was not particularly interested in another museum, but my husband wanted to visit. I was pleasantly surprised. The exhibits were extremely well done and kept my interest. I learned a lot. Great museum store as well. If you are in the area, don't miss it.

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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Let me first start by saying this museum is not very interesting for younger kids. My 9 year old sons like history, but this museum bored them after a while. Maybe because the subject matter, the Civil War, doesn't change throughout the museum. They tend to like a variety of things to see, like at the Smithsonian. However, if you... More 

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Excellent, first class museum that does a great job of taking you from the pre-war slavery issues through the battles and then to reconstruction. There was a very good re-enactment demonstration.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The museum is a must see! It is so well done. It is in a quiet setting that seems to be appropriate. It is a place to learn and reflect. A good 2 hours is probably not quite enough. Some of the displays of artifacts of the time will stay in my mind forever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was very informative nice people who work there very knowledgeable there was a great movie presentation they had lots of and various items of that time period uniforms clothes weapons personal items used and other stuff

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If you are interested in The Civil War you have to visit. It is on top of a hill in a park. Very. Peaceful. Allow at least 2 hrs. Out side is a walkway with each state listed and how many soldiers they had and how many were lost in the war. Families buy a brick and put a name... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Must see for both Civil War Buffs and those even mildly interested in US History. Tells the story of the war very poignantly from the eyes of both sides as well as those who lived in slavery. Extremely modern in presentation and makes you feel the struggle and its impact.

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Additional Information about National Civil War Museum

Address: 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Phone Number: 866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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