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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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Went here with my 10 year old son. He is a history buff and was very impresses with how realistic the displays appeared. There is a lot of interesting memorabilia to look at. We... read more

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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here with my 10 year old son. He is a history buff and was very impresses with how realistic the displays appeared. There is a lot of interesting memorabilia to look at. We went through the museum in about 1hr and 30min. There is an interactive display where you can ask (predetermined) questions to Pres. Lincoln. I was ashamed... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We learned about this museum from our Gettysburg tour guide. It was well done in every way. It was informative and historically accurate without a North or South bias regarding the conflict. We could have spent the entire day.

1 Thank Travlinmam
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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.

1 Thank Cathy P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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.

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Fredonia, Ny
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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.

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South Lyon, Michigan
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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 

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New Rochelle, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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.

1 Thank msdeke
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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 

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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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 

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