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“Great Education Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21705
+1 301-695-1864
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Ranked #2 of 16 Activities in Frederick
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Food & Drink
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Owner description: 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.
Frederick, Maryland
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“Great Education Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

I researched the museum online and created a "scavanger hunt" for my 11 year old to complete during our visit. He had a great time finding all of the things on his list and really enjoyed the museum.

Visited July 2012
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Avon, Ohio
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“There is More to Civil War Medicine than One Would Think”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The American Civil War was the first major conflict of the industrialized era and saw may firsts as war transitioned from Napoleonic tactics to modern tactics. The handing of the large number of wounded including the wide spread, systematic field hospitals, triage, ambulance corps, etc. were included in the Civil War firsts. This museum does an excellent job of telling this extensive story that few really know including me until our visit. Even my 12 and 14 year olds were fascinated. My best advice is to not make the same mistake we did by not leaving enough time to see everything.

Visited June 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Gem of Frederick”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

What a great museum that details just the medical accounts of the war. It is inexpensive to get into and gives a very thorough account of the war. Glad we went!

Visited December 2012
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Frederick, Maryland
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“Great perspective - Especially for Medical personnel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

When we first moved to Frederick we visited the museum and since then have brought dozens of visitors, because it is so special. My wife is a nurse and has been fascinated by the type of care provided during the War in relation to her nursing experience. For me, the museum provides a great perspective on the role played by Frederick during the War. We never fail to learn something new on each visit. This is a "must see" for any Frederick visitor ... or resident, for that matter!

Visited June 2012
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“Interesting, Compact Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We had passed the National Museum of Civil War Medicine a few times before, and never stopped in. But over Thanksgiving weekend, we stopped in, and were happily rewarded with more than an hour of interesting exhibits. If there's one fact that stayed with me, it was this: That 95% of surgery in the Civil War was conducted with some form of anesthesia. If that shocks you--we had images of butcher surgeons operating on soldiers biting bullets to dull the pain--then perhaps you will like this museum. Prices are reasonable--$7.50 for adults, $7 for seniors, and a 10% AAA discount. Take the elevator to the second floor and begin your tour, learning everything from the types of medical schools available in the US before the Civil War, all the way through to embalming. You'll be surprisingly interested, and glad you made the trip.

Visited November 2012
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