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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 23 attractions in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Warwick, Rhode Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is a must especially when linked to Gettysburg. The noise level in the museum was a bit annoying but they said they are fixing it

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nj, usa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Second visit to the museum and it never disappoints. No crowds and not massive so one can digest the experience. My 5 year old twins even loved the museum. Well worth the detour on the way to Gettysburg but note there is no place to eat near or in the museum so plan accordingly.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is not your typical Civil War museum. It is good, very good. What is different is the scope. Most of these museums cover one facet of the war, uniforms, or one battle, or whatever. This museum actually covers the entire war. It starts with the build up and works its way through the war to the end. It has... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

beautiful building, spectacular views of the city and great history lesson, with tons of artifacts from the civil war

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Fairfax, Virginia
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163 reviews 163 reviews
20 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Not nearly as good as the museum in Richmond. It is okay if you are a newbie to the Civil War. A lot of it is photos, videos of actors playing a role, etc

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Spent 3-1/2 hrs here & couldn't get enough. It was great! As a certified battlefield guide @ Antietam, South Mountain, & Harpers Ferry, I enjoyed it immensely.

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Ottawa, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Much more than I envisaged. This museum provides a very balenced view of the Civil War. The exhibits, the films, the artifacts and the war material is of very high quality. It is paired with the Smithsonian so they have really made the Museum as accurate and balenced as possible. The gift store is of high quality and the staff... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

They did a very good job putting everything together. Tons of artifacts and videos make it very interesting without taking sides. A bit out of the way but has a beautiful view. If you are into the Civil War or just into History, this is a must.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is an excellent museum. It explains all of the issues of the Civil War in an interesting and even handed manner. The pieces in the museum kept our boys (aged 13 and 15) interested enough to read almost all of the displays. The video presentations were excellent. The staff was friendly and helpful. The building itself is relatively new... More

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Steelton, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Expensive for the 1-2 hrs it took to go through reading most everything. Seemed to be in bad neighborhood , we went past quite a few run down buildings getting there.

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