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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 25 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.
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124 reviews 124 reviews
28 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

As usual, when it comes to history museums, he needs more time. We were there almost 2 hours. Nice exhibits, attractively arranged. The museum is in a pretty setting. Unfortunately we found a 2 for 1 coupon right after we visited! Check Harrisburg travel booklets-you might find one.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

While visiting Hershey park with my wife, and 12 year old daughter, we decided to give this museum a try. While I am the history buff, you know, history channel, pbs, etc. My wife and daughter of course, like the girly things. That being said, we all got something out of the experience. The museum presents not only the war,... More

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Columbus, New Jersey, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful museum. The displays flow and are very interesting. Beautiful setting. Highly recommended.

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Austin, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This is a must for the civil war inthouist. They track the war from the beginning to the end. You really get a feel of what the war was all about. This surely was a great American tragedy. The artifacts are nice displayed. And the view of Harrisburg is spectacular. Especially in October. I would recommend this education to all... More

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was an awesome tour. You might not think you would enjoy it if you don't like history but it was amazing to hear and see the things that those people had to endure during this time. We should be very thankful that we didn't have to live in those times because it was sad. The exhibits were so life... More

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Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The National Civil War Museum was a very well executed museum. The exhibits didn't shy away from the dark sides of the war like slavery and prison camps, but in large part gave fair commentary on both the North and the South, something you don't see in most museums on the Civil War. All in all, it was a visit... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This museum does not side with the blue or the grey. Experience the Civil War from the beginning to end. Remarkable exhibits! This museum should not be missed when visiting Harrisburg!

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

I was very interested in all of the exhibits. The most eye catching were the videos with characters speaking. It gave me more of a personal feel of the times. The actual items uses during the Civil War were amazing and added to the excellent history lesson...

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Bridgeton, New Jersey
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This museum is outstanding in it's lay out and presentation of information. Even one who knows little about our Civil War will come out of this museum with a very good understanding the war and the effects on the people then and after the war. Excellent.

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Fairfax, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We had a two-for-one deal for this museum, and decided to give it a try. Compared to the "museum of the confederacy" in Richmond, I would say this one was not quite as interesting, but I will still give this one the highest rating possible, 5 stars, for a very good visual experience. If you have children with you, be... More

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