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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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Great treatment of a complex subject

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2014
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Bear, Delaware
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Bear, Delaware
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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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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90 reviews 90 reviews
14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I learned quite a bit about the Medicine that they were able to give during this time. There are some things that could have been a little better, but I am sure that they will work on this in the future.

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Frederick, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love history and all types of museum. This museum puts the Medical History into perspective for that time period and also compares medical milestones, on a smaller scale to this time period. WORTH it!

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Phoenix
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201 reviews 201 reviews
58 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I thought this museum was going to be fascinating because of the subject matter and we really kind of went out of our way to visit. What a disappointment. I didn’t learn anything that I had not seen or read about before. The displays are setup so that you have to read your way through the museum and frankly it... More 

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Sugar Grove, IL
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Our only in Frederick, this museum did an excellent job portraying what it was like to have been a patient during the Civil War. A real eye opener as to how medicine was revolutionized during the years of war.

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Indian Shores, Florida
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269 reviews 269 reviews
89 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We decided on this museum as it is something different and we could both enjoy. The exhibit starts with myths about old-time medicine and is a good read. The top floor is full of information about how medicine and medical practices were performed under field conditions. It showed how advances were made and how the ambulance service evolved. On the... More 

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Washington, DC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The museum was well done, interesting topic, a great way to spend a couple of hours, had a nice flow to it, educational!

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Washington DC
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116 reviews 116 reviews
32 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It's worth the trip to Frederick just to see this little museum and a bargain for $10 (adults). You don't have to be especially interested in medicine or civil war history to enjoy it - and its a good choice for middle schoolers and above who don't mind doing some reading. My nephew was fascinated by how changes in weaponry... More 

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Lincoln
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

While this is a small museum, there is a ton of information, and was a great place to spend 1.5 hours. Our family had been in Gettysburg the day prior and having that recent experience, extremely helped our appreciation of the exhibits/ information presented here. We have 4 children, aged 10-18, the younger two didn't enjoy it as much as... More 

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