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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum

496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711
229-924-0343
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Cemeteries, Specialty Museums, History Museums, Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Owner description: Andersonville National Historic Site pays tribute to all American prisoners of war. The park has three features: the National Prisoner of War Museum,... more » Owner description: Andersonville National Historic Site pays tribute to all American prisoners of war. The park has three features: the National Prisoner of War Museum, the site of the Andersonville prison, and the Andersonville National Cemetery.The National Prisoner of War Museum commemorates the sacrifices of all American prisoners of war. Museum exhibits tell the story of prisoners of war using artifacts, visuals, text and oral history interviews with former prisoners of war. Two 30-minute introductory films alternate thoughout the day. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. A tour road encircles the Andersonville prison site; a self-guided driving tour is available. The Andersonville National Cemetery contains the graves of nearly 13,000 Union prisoners of war. The national cemetery is still active and contains over 20,000 interments.Most visitors spend at least two hours in the park. Those with an interest in the Civil War or military history could easily spend most of the day. « less
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Monticello, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The POW museum was very interesting - the movie was helpful - it is hard to believe how crowded and terrible it must have been for the prisoners. The cemetery was a little confusing trying to find the right area for the different number for the gravesites.

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Madison, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I noticed that most of the reviews of this site treat it as a Civil War prison camp that BTW has a POW museum. That's not surprising since most people probably came here because they had learned about Andersonville in school or had seen the play about it. But that does a disservice to an excellent museum that chronicles the... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I have wanted to visit this awful place for years. Finally made it. Having read about this horrible and cruel prison for years, I could almost see the stockade fences surrounding the areas and smell the stench of waste and filth and disease and death as we walked the grounds. It was harder to imagine the areas loaded with so... More

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Brunswick, Georgia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Very moving experience. To imagine the horrors of what happened on that site brought me to tears. This is a must see for everyone who has the history bug. Especially civil war buffs.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The museum here at Andersonville is very hard hitting and will get to you even if you don't read all the detail. I suggest getting the self guided cd tour you can drive it, but if you happen to have a disc-man I would walk it in good weather. The cd goes into a a lot of detail at each... More

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Roswell, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I write about National Parks (npplan.com) and visited Andersonville National Historic Site in March, 2014. The park preserves the most infamous of all Civil War prison camps, Camp Sumter, today known as Andersonville Prison. Nearly 13,000 Union prisoners died from starvation, disease, and exposure to the elements during the camp’s 14 months of operation from February, 1864, until the end... More

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Newnan, Georgia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The theater was not working when we visited. This was a disappointment. The museum was not just about Andersonville but was about all POWs. This made it a little confusing and hard to follow. The free loan of a CD for the driving tour was the high light. We drove around the prison sight stopping to get out and view... More

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Hampton, a.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My kids and I came by on a beautiful day to enjoy some outdoor time. I am pleased to say we thoroughly enjoyed the pow museum and the grounds. My kids actually read and paid attention to the stories in the museum! We ended in the cemetery which really brings home the scope of death and suffering endured by these... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

For those who wish to understand the horrors of prisonership, Andersonville is the ultimate experience. Words fail to describe the feelings that we felt touring the well-prepared exhibits in the museum building and the partially restored stockade on the site of the American Civil War prison. Grueling, inhuman conditions tested the ability of those who were captured and incarcerated during... More

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Shreveport
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

POW museum brings the visitor closer to the reality of the torment that all prisoners of war experience. The valiant survivors stories are humbling and will touch every one that visits. The prison site and the cemetery grounds are well maintained.

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