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National Civil War Museum

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Address: 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Phone Number: 866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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
Description: The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look...
The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.
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First Class all the Way

The National Civil War Museum is an outstanding facility. The presentation is of very high quality, creating an exciting atmosphere. It has a fine collection of artifacts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Randy W
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The National Civil War Museum is an outstanding facility. The presentation is of very high quality, creating an exciting atmosphere. It has a fine collection of artifacts without approaching overkill. It also provides an excellent environment for a business function.

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South Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The exhibits here are just amazing, especially the recreated scenes done with wax figures. It was a LOT of reading for our two children (pre-teen and teen), but the information presented was extremely thorough and really gave you a better understanding of how tragic this war was.

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Mifflintown
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the original of those museums in which they give you a character, and you proceed through the museum to find out about your character. The artifacts are remarkable, the condition is superb, and it's got a great view as well. If you are into Civil War history or just a history buff in general, don't miss this exhibit.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Beautiful facility and worth the money. You will be in there for awhile. Beautiful outdoor area to walk around with a nice view of the valley.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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
9 helpful votes 9 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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63 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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