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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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Blue and Grey compromise

Good historical perspectives from both Northern and Southern combatants. Sight and sound nicely presented. Gave me a sense of why we are still going through some of those issues... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Good historical perspectives from both Northern and Southern combatants. Sight and sound nicely presented. Gave me a sense of why we are still going through some of those issues. Well done!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My nephew and I visited the National Civil War Museum today. I have to admit I was very disappointed. 1st Disappointment: You MUST begin the tour in the gift shop. Ending there would have been nicer. Then you either climb stairs or ride the elevator to the second floor where the "civil war" begins. 2nd Disappointment: The lighting throughout the... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A great place to understand the history of the civil war. There were many interesting exhibits with very good explanations to go with. A must visit for all interested in the history.

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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We are coming from The Netherlands and Belgium and had a couple of hours available. We decided to go to this museum and it was worth it! As foreigner you are aware of the Civil War but not really about all details. Here you get the entire picture, background, time an location perspective etc. Very well done presentation in a... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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117 reviews 117 reviews
81 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

For a history buff, especially a Civil War buff, this museum was perfect. It has two floors of great displays with so many amazing artifacts. It seems to include everything, giving you the big picture of the war, every aspect and major battle, and also explains Harrisburg and the Civil War, during the battle there were Confederates here at the... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have been a Civil War Reenactor for close to 20 years and have been to this museum many times, both as a part of the living history displays outside and bringing people to sit in on various discussions and book reviews. The physical plant is very access friendly for those of us who do not get around real well... More 

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Brewerton, New York
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

On a trip to Hershey, saw an ad for this museum. Wow, what a find. I especially enjoyed the Gettsyburg series of battles, the medical displays, the memorabilia of officers, and how the Civil War reunions took place. Great bookstore/gift shop also. Do not miss this museum!

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Stratford, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Harrisburg, only an hour north of Gettysburg was a target of the Confederacy because of the railroad -- this museum brings you into the Civil War with an outstanding collection.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We spent 2 1/2 hours going thru museum. On top of hill overlooking the area. Easy for handicap to park and get around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Excellent museum! (A Smithsonian Affiliated Museum) The museum building and grounds/views are spectacular. Great historical pieces and very informative. The layout was well thought out. This museum definitely provides an unbiased view between the north & south battle. When we visited we couldn't believe that we spent about 4 hours going through it all. A true treasure in Harrisburg, PA.... More 

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