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National Civil War Museum

1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

A very well put together chronology of the war, including detailed and fair descriptions of the social and economic issues that played into the states rights/north v south debate. I was a little disappointed with its treatment of leadership and military issues. It was a fairly large space (an entire two floors of dynamic exhibits that used visual, written and... More

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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

7/15/2014 Visit. Never anticipated that this would be a great experience. Were we wrong! Even if you're not a "Civil War buff", this museum isn't to be missed. Outstanding exhibits throughout. It'll take you from the start (Ft. Sumter) to the assignation of Lincoln. DO NOT MISS THIS! Plan spending at least an hour (those who have a slight interest... More

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Rapid City
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We didn't allow enough time to go through it, but the museum is well done and put together in a way that made the Civil War come to life

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Blandon, Pennsylvania
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Absolutely fantastic museum that describes the Civil War in great detail. Very informative and fun for both adults and children. My son, who was 6 years old at the time, absolutely loved it and is asking to go back. Great way for us to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon together. This is a gem that must be visited.

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Oshawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

As Canadians, we don't learn too much about the US Civil War in school but over the years, I've read a fair bit and visited a couple of battlefield sites (Gettysburg being the most interesting and informative). This museum is amazing. As you walk towards the entrance, you see the famous sculpture of a Confederate soldier helping a wounded Union... More

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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

While the Harrisburg area is not classed as a Civil War site. This museum is very well worth seeking out. Using our GPS it was not difficult to locate, but it's off the beaten path. The exhibits and presentations are well thought out and presented in an interesting way. Do not rush through this museum. Allow yourself time to do... More

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Enola, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Took our 2 grandsons to the museum and we all enjoyed it very much. It is well presented and the facility is very clean. I usually don't like museums but enjoyed our day there.

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Highland Mills, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This should be required visiting for all Americans. Wonderful, history of what this nation has been through.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Loved it , also loved showing my kids everything about he civil war, I will defiantly try to make a trip make with my mother and father, who will be really interested in stuff like this. This museum is a hidden gem in harrisburg.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Learned about this place from the friendly folks at the PA visitor info center. I consider myself a bit of a Civil War "buff" so was blown away by the amount of information I learned at this incredible museum. It's been beautifully and respectfully done. HUGE credit should be given to the folks that put it together. It is very... More

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