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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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12:00 pm - 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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Great stop with kids

This was a little hidden gem. Only 30 some miles from Gettysburg, Harrisburg had been a target for Lee and the Southern Troops. New insights about the battles.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Reston, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This was a little hidden gem. Only 30 some miles from Gettysburg, Harrisburg had been a target for Lee and the Southern Troops. New insights about the battles.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was my second visit to the National Civil War Museum and again, it didn't disappoint. They posses a comprehensive collection of artifacts of the era. I especially enjoy the video "interview" of people involved in the conflict and the life size display of camp life etc... The interactive video Abe Lincoln at the end was also very interesting.

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Fleming Island, Florida
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54 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Beautiful location overlooking the city of Harrisburg and the museum itself is very beautiful. However, this museum claims to be the “national museum” for the civil war, but it is totally pro-union. Very bias in my opinion, compared to other civil war museums in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Carolina’s. The exhibits are very interactive and very informative, but still one... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

While I have visited numerous Civil War museums and sites, this museum stands out in my mind mainly due to the numerous videos that are scattered throughout the museum, which tells the story of the Civil War through the eyes and minds of actors playing the parts of individuals from both the south and north. It follows those individuals from... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The museum exhibits are very well done, giving an excellent history of the Civil War, its causes and events. The facility is larger than we expected, modern and informative--and, at least in our visit, not too crowded, leaving lots of time to explore in detail. The gift shop was well stocked with books and things for both adults and children.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Visited the museum this past weekend. We pretty much had the place to ourselves which was great to read all the exhibits. They have so many artifacts to see and learn about. We stayed about 2 hours and learned alot! I highly recommend a visit to this museum!

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Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This museum is well worth the trip. You can get a discount with AAA military or teacher for admission. The exhibits were very informative and well laid out. We only has 2 hours and felt rushed at the end. Plan about 3 if you want to watch the various films throughout the displays. I learned a lot that I didn't... More 

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Friendsville, Maryland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This place is a gem! Never thought it would be so big! We enjoyed every inch. The grounds and building were very well kept and the museum was loaded with artifacts. we would recommend this to all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Excellent display and easy to follow. Good for all ages. The admissionon fee is nominal. The view from the grounds is great.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 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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