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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 18 Attractions in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.

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South Orange, New Jersey
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I was attending a business conference in Hershey, so I decided to stop at the National Civil War Museum. It is on the top of a hill with a spectacular view. The building is very impressive. The gift shop beautiful. The museum is a self tour. It starts on the 2nd floor and you work you way down and back... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This museum was much better than expected. It is very well done with an honest balance of the southern and northern views. It is a moving experience and should be experienced by as many who can visit. From the museum, there is a great view of the surrounding area. Highly recommend this museum.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Living in Washington, D.C., we practically have a museum on every corner all managed by top quality curators - but nothing like the National Civil War Museum. This museum is a bit quirky and delivers its message is an engaging way. If you were to read every card and exhibit, it would take most people about 3+ hours to complete... More

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Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Every Legal AMERICAN should attend a weekend and learn the true history from ancestors and from diaries . Do not forget to take one of many tours, but especially with Spiritual Medium Elizabeth Zack! She makes no bold claims, just talks it as she sees it. p.s. I hope I spelled her last name. correct , if not try an... More

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Mehoopany, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Museum was informative! Displays of weapons, clothing, maps, & artifacts! It calls History Buffs! Machine shop display was awesome! The displays make you realize our ancestors were not the same size we are today; and it is hard to imagine them carrying they're supplies or loading some of those mortar shells!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Wish I had went here before I went to Gettysburg. This museum is definitely the "appetizer" before the main course (Gettysburg). The museum was small but enjoyable. Completed the museum in 3 hours.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

I attended a holiday party at the museum. After the program we had a chance to tour the museum. There are lots of artifacts and great information about the war. You will need several hours to go through.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I actually didn't go inside the museum, I only take my dog for walks around the museum. The whole museum has a paved loop around it. One loop is 1 mile. It's a great place to train for a 5K because there are nice hills and flat sections, plus it's nice and open with plenty of people around to make... More

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Scottsdale
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I was invited to go to the National Civil War Museum by my friend, a lady living in Harrisburg for over 4 decades. I am from the west and had just briefly heard about this venue. Wow, what a nice surprise right in her own backyard. This was my friend's first visit as well as mine. I like the way... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A gem that should be one of the drawing cards of the Harrisburg area. Thoughtfully done, beautifully excecuted. Bring your friends! If you live in the area and you haven't been there, shame on you.

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