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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 19 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.
Attraction details
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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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews 135 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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218 reviews 218 reviews
73 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Harrisburg, PA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I took my two grandsons and they were very bored as was I. There were some interesting parts but generally speaking , I would not recommend to others. Way too expensive. Poor value

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South Orange, New Jersey
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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