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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Dragged my kids along for a little educational enrichment while at Hershey. This museum was a great find and once inside the kids actually learned a little and weren't begging to leave. Great exhibits with visual interest and historical information. Easy enough to navigate and learn through a self guided tour. Really pleased we made the effort to visit.

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Milford,Pa
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98 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

On our way to Gettysburg we stopped here with our 11 year old grandson. He loved all the displays of guns, uniforms, swords from the Civil War. The music and videos excited him. He learned about both sides of the conflict and how many lives were lost.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

A lot of information on this self guided tour of the civil war. I was amazed at the downstairs at the medical collection of material and the discussion/video's after the war ended. Never realized what it was like for everyone to just go home and live together after such a loss of people.

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Everett
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Lots and lots of reading, a self toured museum of the civil war. Tough to do with a young child, but the videos helped. Cannot spend less than 3-5 hours here, you will miss a lot. The displays are amazing, well routed, actual artifacts from the war, covered every detail, confederates union slavery, everything. Highly recommend stopping here when visiting... More

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Nice staff very informative. Lots to see and do. They try to personalize your experience to what you and your family like.

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Rio Grande NJ
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Individual displays were well done and a good mix of at-a-glance info, deeper detail, artifacts, videos and story panels. But I found it confusing to follow a flow from room to room or to get a chronological sense of the Civil War. Wondered if this was intentional - to give the visitor a sensory overload experience & confusion of war.

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum is beautiful from the moment you walk in, the staff are friendly and helpful, exhibits are well thought out with just a very nice collection. Good for all ages who are interested in the civil war

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Windsor
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I was in the Harrisburg/Heshery, PA area for a conference. I saw a pamplet for the museum in the attractions' rack in the hotel and made plans to stop there after my conference. An outstanding museum!! I was amazed at the exhibits and the artifacts! On this particular day there was a historical presentation (outside) by a Maryland Confederate regiment.... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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1,498 reviews 1,498 reviews
818 attraction reviews
1,418 helpful votes 1,418 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is the fourth or fifth time we visited this large, comprehensive museum sitting at a lovely location overlooking Harrisburg. The museum does a good job presenting most apects of the war--what led up to it, the war itself and what happened after. The are many artifacts and videos to be seen, the best vdieos are brief descriptions of each... More

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Soddy Daisy
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were passing through Harrisburg, PA, and saw information about this museum in our AAA guide. We were very impressed after we got over our surprise that this "National" museum was located in PA instead of somewhere in the south! About 10 years old. Building is beautiful, and the exhibits are outstanding, especially the videos throughout, following several characters from... More

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