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National Museum of Civil War Medicine

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Address: 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21705
Phone Number: +1 301-695-1864
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Description: The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is the premier center for the...
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is the premier center for the study and research of medical innovation during the American Civil War. Exhibits, programs lecture and research facilities look at innovations in science, medical logistics, medical organization, nursing, civilian medical relief and much more.
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Well done. Very authentic. They have a guide and some well informed volunteers. Cute gift shop. You can stay as long as you would like and there is a lot to look at for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Caldwell, New Jersey
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Caldwell, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Well done. Very authentic. They have a guide and some well informed volunteers. Cute gift shop. You can stay as long as you would like and there is a lot to look at for a small museum.

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Highland Park, New Jersey
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We went to the museum after having taken a guided tour of the Antietam battlefield (well worth it), and the museum helped bring to life the experiences of the soldiers who served. There are elements that are a bit gruesome, but we really appreciated it and recommend the visit.

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Vienna, Virginia
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27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This is the first museum I have experienced that reads like a well-written memoir. You get the personal perspective of the Civil War from many different groups of people: children who fought, women who disguised themselves as men, African Americans who fought or supported troops, men and women who served as nurses, men who served as doctors, and of course... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

This museum has great artifacts and provides fascinating insights into the brutal reality of the U.S. Civil War.

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Frederick, Md
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This unique museum is a must-visit for any Civil War enthusiast or person involved with medicine. The photographs of the patch-work fix-ups of the wounded soldiers are incredible--amazing what could be done so long ago. The museum is also easy to get to, with parking on the street or in several near-by garages.

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Frederick, MD
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7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

It's kind of a dark museum, and it tells some rather unusual stories about how health was handled during a primitive war, by today's standards. So it can be a little depressing, but it is extremely informative and well done.

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Washington, DC
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7 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

One might not think civil war medicine would be interesting enough to devote an entire museum to it, but you would be wrong. This two floor museum has more than a dozen rooms. There is a mixture of historical objects, full size dioramas, and a lot of education signage. The gift shop is well stocked with interesting things to buy.... More 

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Middletown, md
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a unique museum. Never have I seen the issue of medical casualties discussed or addressed in readings or documentaries. I know it sounds nerdy, but the information kept my attention and that of my teenagers.

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Bear, Delaware
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

I was hesitant to visit as I was afraid there would be two floors describing the limited medicines and surgical techniques available during the war. However, the museum shines in exploring the full range of challenges and advances that Civil War medicine meant. From the first exhibit that dispels many myths, through descriptions of the battlefield environment, the use of... More 

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general
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15 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Other reviewers appear to have done good reporting, so I do not have much to add. The theme covered is quite limited in scope, of course, and the museum is small, but one learns a lot (and particularly, understands better things one already thought s/he knew). They have organized the museum as a sort of linear display, not large rooms... More 

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