We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Civil War Museum

1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
Website
Improve this listing
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.
Write a Review

246 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    157
    73
    12
    3
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Miami, Florida, USA
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belleville, Canada
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The real life displays were very well done. The slave who was behind bars actually gave me chills..his eyes were so realistic. I agree with a previous reviewer that the museum was a little disjointed but at the same time I loved the videos, which were not only informative, but provided continuity by using the same characters as they lived... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
hudson, nh
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved everything about this museum, displays, people, living history, location, cleanliness, I cant say enough. If you like civil war history this is the place to go!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Individual exhibits are well done, with brief, but very good descriptions. Lot of items, although there isn't a smooth flow through the museum, causing a feeling of being somewhat disjointed. In one special exhibit, the natural flow takes you to the conclusion rather than the beginning. The types of displays are varied, helping keep the viewers attention.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Dragged my kids along for a little educational enrichment while at Hershey. This museum was a great find and once inside the kids actually learned a little and weren't begging to leave. Great exhibits with visual interest and historical information. Easy enough to navigate and learn through a self guided tour. Really pleased we made the effort to visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Milford,Pa
Top Contributor
225 reviews 225 reviews
106 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

On our way to Gettysburg we stopped here with our 11 year old grandson. He loved all the displays of guns, uniforms, swords from the Civil War. The music and videos excited him. He learned about both sides of the conflict and how many lives were lost.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Trenton, New Jersey
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A lot of information on this self guided tour of the civil war. I was amazed at the downstairs at the medical collection of material and the discussion/video's after the war ended. Never realized what it was like for everyone to just go home and live together after such a loss of people.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Everett
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Lots and lots of reading, a self toured museum of the civil war. Tough to do with a young child, but the videos helped. Cannot spend less than 3-5 hours here, you will miss a lot. The displays are amazing, well routed, actual artifacts from the war, covered every detail, confederates union slavery, everything. Highly recommend stopping here when visiting... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed National Civil War Museum also viewed

 

Been to National Civil War Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage National Civil War Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing