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National Civil War Museum

Address: 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Phone Number: 866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
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
Owner description: The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Great for both history buffs and just general museum-goers alike. This museum is superb and the layout and information is all so exciting. It is a fabulous part of the City of Harrisburg. My only suggestion for the museum would be to hold more events for the local community or add new exhibits from time to time so that you... More 

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La Plata, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We were heading to Harrisburg for some civil war dance classes and had a few hours to kill so we decided to see the museum. The fact that museum was located on Lincoln circle should have been a hint of what was contained within. Having 64 confederate ancestors (none of which ever owned a slave) and having been a life... More 

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This museum on the civil war is only matched by the new museum in the Gettysburg visitor center. The Civil War is laid out in an organized way for both civil war buffs and those not as familiar with civil war history. If you are in the Harrisburg area, this is a must see.

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York, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Planned a trip as part of a whole day outing with a friend. Museum was very well set up. I learned many things and it gave a new perspective to the war as all I had seen in the past were the Gettysburg museums. This museum was not a duplicate, but complimented them. Was set up in different segments and... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My party and I have always wanted to visit Gettysburg...but its either foul weather or a bit too far depending on the time of year from where we live. Instead though one day we ran across this gem! It lays the groundwork for your future visit to Gettysburg and provides a wonderful non biased explanation of everything relating to the... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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144 reviews 144 reviews
57 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

After visiting Gettysburg, we decided to stop at the Nat'l Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. We didn't know if we'd be Civil Warred-out or not, but decided to check it out since it was on our way home. With the information we learned in Gettysburg, this museum continued our education in different ways. It provides the full history of what... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Has an elaborate display of civil war artifacts and history. Very cheerful/helpful staff. Luckily they had a Groupon during our visit, lookout for those. A good place for a family trip during the cold winters.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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137 reviews 137 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We finally got there and glad we did. Very interesting exhibits properly displayed in a clean and spacious manner. Reasonably priced and a great gift shop. Picked up a puzzle and some other items for g-kids. We were in a little bit of hurry so we plan to go back. Plan on at least 2hrs to wander around in and... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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220 reviews 220 reviews
74 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Tickets were purchased via Groupon deal. My wife and I have started to explore some civil war sites, and we thought this would be a nice place to get more info. It it set up nicely in timeline fashion. There are many exhibits and videos. They have done a good jod representing the various battles and campaigns. Well worth a... More 

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Indianapolis
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This museum is for adult. Great visit here if you want to know about Civil War, lots of information about the war and President Lincoln. Can spend like 3 hours here if really going through all the displays. Might be a good idea to visit this place before going to Gettysburg. Free parking, good location uphill looking over downtown. Nice... More 

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