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National Civil War Museum

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Address: 1 Lincoln Cir, Harrisburg, PA 17103-2411
Phone Number: 866-258-4729, 717-260-1861
10:00 am - 5:00 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

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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Thank you Mayor Reid!!!

This is the best Civil War museums I've ever been to. If you're in Harrisburg and a history buff, a must go to place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Joseph R
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best Civil War museums I've ever been to. If you're in Harrisburg and a history buff, a must go to place.

Thank Joseph R
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice museum with interesting artifacts and stories. Learned a lot about the slavery issue and lesser known players in the Civil War. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Some of the exhibits had misspelled words (see photos) which was distracting. Beautiful views from the 2nd floor. I would come back.

Thank Sarah G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is well laid out and the exhibits are well put together. The museum also has rotating exhibits on the ground floor that feature similar or off-shoot topics from the era. The grounds are very nice and the site offers commanding views of the surrounding area.

Thank Nicholas D
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're going to Gettysburg - this is about 35 minutes away and an excellent way to round out your information on the Civil War. Recently built facility, well curated exhibits - we were very glad we did not miss this. Set high on a hill in a public park, you also get a terrific view of the landscape. Great... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum is nice with ample parking overlooking a very good park. It has some nice exhibits although the order of items is not in perfect chronological order. It is not conveniently located off a highway for a tourist but it is not that difficult to get to.

Thank Dylan3961
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

you will live the Civil as you walk through this super museum! You will be amazed at the quality and detail of the artifacts depicting the various scenes of the civil war.

Thank Raymond R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Civil War Museum is both beautiful and powerful! The beauty of the building is what first catches your eye, but then the displays and exhibits put you right into that era. We took our grandson who had not yet studied the Civil War and he was completely fascinated. I highly recommend a visit to the Civil War Museum!

Thank Vikki O
Panama City, Panama, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The National Civil War Museum is one of my favorite museums and will continue to be. They have so many unique and powerful relics, like the last surviving Civil War ambulance, that make the history that much more real! Please though, if your going to take your kids impart on them the importance of being respectful. The day I had... More 

Thank Cassandra W
Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really amazed at the high quality of the artifacts in this museum. I understand that The Smithsonian routinely borrows from them. Really enjoyed the Litter and Medical displays. During a stop during a slow time, had a long conversation with one of the curators who was extremely knowledge about munitions. If you can't get to Gettysburg, then stop in Harrisburg.... More 

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, what a great museum, and a surprise for Harrisburg, PA since it is not really a center of known Civil War activity. I strongly recommend a visit. It can probably be done in less than 2 hours, but why rush? There is much to learn.

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