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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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English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This museum does not side with the blue or the grey. Experience the Civil War from the beginning to end. Remarkable exhibits! This museum should not be missed when visiting Harrisburg!

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Santa Rosa, California
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93 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was very interested in all of the exhibits. The most eye catching were the videos with characters speaking. It gave me more of a personal feel of the times. The actual items uses during the Civil War were amazing and added to the excellent history lesson...

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Bridgeton, New Jersey
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is outstanding in it's lay out and presentation of information. Even one who knows little about our Civil War will come out of this museum with a very good understanding the war and the effects on the people then and after the war. Excellent.

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Fairfax, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We had a two-for-one deal for this museum, and decided to give it a try. Compared to the "museum of the confederacy" in Richmond, I would say this one was not quite as interesting, but I will still give this one the highest rating possible, 5 stars, for a very good visual experience. If you have children with you, be... More

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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

what a great museum, if like us you want to put the civil war in perspective or if you just want a history lesson? The museum, grounds and personnel are first class situated on the highest point in Harrisburg the views are outstanding, inside you will find informative and easily understood exhibits listing events prior to and post the civil... More

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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews 56 reviews
5 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We visited the Civil War Museum just prior to our tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. The museum is full of actual artifacts that help one visually understand what happened during the Civil War. The short video clips depicted the experience of slaves during this time period as well. This is a wonderful educational experience for anyone with an interest in... More

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Decide to stop here before leaving our Hershey vacation ..glad we did! Brought my 9 yr old and 5 yr old(not really educational for 5 yr old). My daughter really enjoyed it, she had been learning about slavery and Abraham Lincoln in school. Learning begins even before u you enter with pavers on the floor that say which states were... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Not too big, great multimedia displays, dioramas and mannequin scenes, lots of great artifacts. Might not engage young children. Set in beautiful Reservoir Park with great view of Harrisburg. If the weather's nice, take a stroll around the grounds.

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Miami, Florida, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Museums are museums, exhibits, photos and bric-a-brac, but this one was done so that you could relate to both sides and with the slaves caught up in the melee. What I thought was so well done was the monologues by several characters as they told of their situations and viewpoints - with three video screens switching between them as only... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I went to visit on Martin Luther King's Birthday when the entry fee was waived. Lots to read and see. Did not have enough time to do it all.

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