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National Civil War Museum

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Address: 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Phone Number: 866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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
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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.

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Surprised by the extent of the displays

We went here as part of a Scout Troop family day trip and I can say it was a successful trip. We are fairly local to Harrisburg so we have a few people in the Troop who are Civil... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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York, Pennsylvania
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York, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here as part of a Scout Troop family day trip and I can say it was a successful trip. We are fairly local to Harrisburg so we have a few people in the Troop who are Civil War history buffs. Everybody learned something new. The museum provides scavenger hunt booklets for the kids. Our high schoolers weren't overly... More 

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Thank Phil G
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see for children and adults. I would recommend several hours if you want to take in all the displays and activities. The materials were in excellent condition and authentic. A media presentation throughout the areas of the museum allowed one to follow several members of a family through the war. Fascinating.I enjoyed listening to music representative... More 

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Thank Carol W
Groton, CT
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259 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibit is divided into numerous rooms on two levels that follow the chronology, and the contemporaneous motivation, of the War of Northern Aggression, from its roots in differences in culture to the progression of the conflicts and eventual resolution. Its focus on the people involved at those times, their experiences and feelings, makes it unique in the Civil War... More 

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Thank Peter P
harrisburg area
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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a big surprise. A beautiful museum in Harrisburg we can all be very proud of. Thank you Mayor Reed for your great work....My husband and went for the first time and we were very impressed. We're sorry we didn't go sooner. Great for all ages. The only negative was lighting could have been a little better in certain... More 

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Thank bbhenson
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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129 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had been many years since I visited, but was pleased to see the wonderful upgrades now that the museum is a Smithsonian affiliate and has a wing devoted to the Negro Baseball Leagues as well which is incredibly informative. The exhibits are much improved and there was not enough time to see everything in one visit as we were... More 

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Thank Ed B
Pensylvania
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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum provides a unique perspective on the war by taking the visitor down simultaneous parallel paths of union and confederate sympathizers. Certainly worth the trip followed by a trip to Second Street in Harrisburg to see a Civil War era church and enjoy a meal (or cocktail) at one of the many restaurants

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much better than I expected; a different sort of presentation. A great many artifacts as well as video presentations, and there was a re-enactor in period uniform to assist on the day we were there.

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Thank Dan R
Tionesta, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well put together museum located on top of hill overlooking Harrisburg. Exhibits have plenty of information explaining events and items. Civil war ambulance (only one left) and medical exhibits interesting. allow at least two hours.

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Thank vjames1
Lancaster PA
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71 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is in a very well done brick neo classical style with columns and a rotunda, set on top of a hill with panoramic views. The exhibits are well done and varied, covering the entire civil war from a balanced perspective. The artifacts are well preserved and interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a gem of a find. This is the best civil war museum we have ever seen. We were totally impressed. There is so much including background into Abraham Lincoln interactive style. Half price for teachers and many other discounts are offered.

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