Stopped here on my way to spending the week at Gettysburg, Antietam and Harper's Ferry. This was a exceptionally well-done presentation and a great introduction to the Civil War. Museum looks brand-new, and is stunning. Great views. Exhibits were thought-provoking and well-layed out. Good combination of displays, material to read, and video (including the character TV videos that re-appear throughout the exhibits). Particularly liked the sections on Civil War medicine, the role of women in the War and veterans after the War. Several not to be missed artifacts, including Lee's Bible. This museum does a good job of introducing the Civil War to someone who knows little / nothing about it, but also serves history buffs / scholars well.
When I visited, there was hardly anyone else there. Adult admission was $10, but discount cupons are commonly available. Excellent gift shop. Guy working as admissions and in the gift shop was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Enjoyable self-guided tour; I took me about 2 hours to go through the museum, but I would have liked to stay longer. I particularly appreciated the broad overview (from the causes to the after-effects of the war).
The only negative is that it is very hard to find the museum. I got lost twice trying to get there, and it is located on a hill above a not very desirable (to downright scary) section of Harrisburg. It definitely needs more signage to help in finding the place. Management should work to get more street signs pointing the way to the museum.
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