We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

National Civil War Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1 Lincoln Cir, Harrisburg, PA 17103-2411
Phone Number: 866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
Website
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description:

The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look...

The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 674 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 458
    Excellent
  • 169
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
A hidden gem

This museum has great and varying exhibits, a huge amount of artifacts, and a wonderful view from on top of the hill overlooking Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
chris b
,
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Add Photo Write a Review

674 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 662: English reviews
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has great and varying exhibits, a huge amount of artifacts, and a wonderful view from on top of the hill overlooking Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River.

Helpful?
Thank chris b
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was very informative!! I think every American should go through this. It made me cry. Children in school need to go here , and learn the history through seeing real artifacts.

Helpful?
Thank Cathy P
WYOMING
Level Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We thoroughly loved this museum. In the past, it seemed I had confusion over some events or the timeline. Now I know!!! ( lots of reading. May not appeal to kids). Videos following the lives of people from various walks of life during the war were outstanding.

Helpful?
Thank Simplified-life
Fredonia, Ny
Level Contributor
54 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is well done. However, the lighting does make it hard to read the many descriptive signs that accompany the exhibits. Some of the exhibits have recordings which are played while you are viewing. When one recording is playing from another exhibit, it is very distracting.

Helpful?
Thank Donnasdreams
South Lyon, Michigan
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice museum that showed both sides of the civil war equally. There are fascinating artifacts and displays. Our 8 year old and 10 year old wanted to go through a lot faster and lost interest when it came to reading the various display facts. With that said, they did come away with a better understanding and visualization... More 

Helpful?
Thank ejwines
New Rochelle, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extremely interesting. My husband is interested in history so he read everything. There is an interesting story of 5 different lives through videos that continues throughout the museum exhibits. I found it added more to really get to know their different paths. We have young children and they were interested in the exhibits.

Helpful?
Thank msdeke
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Several years ago, I chaperoned a 5th grade field trip to this museum. Needless to say I didn't get to actually enjoy much of it with a pile of 10 year olds! My husband and I returned on our own to take in the museum. It is well organized and very informative. A great tribute to the sacrifices made during... More 

Helpful?
Thank Beachandstagegirl
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I lived in Harrisburg for many years before relocating and saw many mayors come and go. They all promised to revitalize the city, and in most cases they were just promises. That changed with the election of Steven Reed. During his long tenure many promises were kept, and the National Civil War Museum was one of his pet projects. There... More 

Helpful?
Thank Fiat
Indiana
Level Contributor
105 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was interesting, had a lot of information about slaves. Beautiful building it told a lot about the civil war. I thought it was interesting about Abraham Lincoln when he was up for re-election the person running against him was for slavery.

Helpful?
Thank abelmom
Woodstock, nb, canada
Level Contributor
77 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We planned a trip to the museum and really enjoyed our visit.The view from the top of the hill where the museum is located was a spectacular treat, before we even got into the museum. The museum portrays a balanced view of the Civil War, dealing with the issues that caused it and the results of the conflict, as well... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank shyviolet76

Travelers who viewed National Civil War Museum also viewed

 

Been to National Civil War Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National Civil War Museum and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question
Bradenton, Florida
1 month ago
Bogota, Colombia
2 months ago
Franklin, North Carolina
3 months ago
over a year ago
over a year ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from National Civil War Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?