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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 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.
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Wilmington, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It was well laid out. I commended them on all the work they did organizing the museum. It was over whelming for me with all the facts and everything to read. I would need several days to read all of it. I did learn a lot and enjoyed it. The main problem was the noise. The videos playing in several... More

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NJ
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Husband is a history buff, so when we were planning a kid-free weekend in Harrisburg - this was added to our list. The location is lovely - what a great view! The museum itself is presented in chronological order. Lots of relics and displays. Several miniature dioramas that were extremely detailed. The larger scenes, with life-size mannequins and voice-overs were... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Love self-guided tour, and the occasional visit by a staff person who was more than delighted to answer questions. The traditional displays were enhanced by the optional video presentations.

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The museum is located on top of a hill with nice overlooks to the surrounding area. The exhibits are well done. The artifacts are well organized. But, the place is so noisy that I couldn't concentrate. There are videos playing in multiple rooms and you can hear them all at once. And the volume is loud. I left without viewing... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum was beautiful. The setting on a ridge is breathtaking. Lots of interesting artifacts and information. Very glad I didn't pass this up.

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New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Stopped here on way to harrisburgh overnight trip, fantastic location,wonderful & very interesting museum. We were there 2 hours and could of used more time.

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Thomaston
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a beautiful, immaculate museum located on a high hill in Harrisburg, and you can see the city below. There are so many interesting and informative bits of information in all of the exhibits. The gift shop is outstanding--bought my husband a stars and stripes tie there.

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Lexington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I stopped by here while staying in the Harrisburg are for training. I spent about three hours looking at the different displays and reading the information. I had to hurry through the last part about Lincoln due to the museum closing. Very interesting museum with lots of artifacts from the war and time period. I highly recommend to any one... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Once you drive through the streets of what looks to be run-down Harrisburg, you can stumble upon this gem. Once you get to the top of the park, it feels as if you were transported out of Harrisburg and on to some beautiful hill in a park. The museum itself is good and lives up to the promise of showing... More

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Granby, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My friend and I went to this museum with six of our combined children. All of the children liked the museum, especially my friend's 10 year old son, who is a Civil War enthusiast. My daughter was really fascinated by the guy having his leg amputated. You never know what will interest kids! We all really liked the fun and... More

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