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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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A must do attraction

We had a day off before a conference and planned some time sightseeing. I was thoroughly impressed by the grounds and the building. The view from the museum of the surrounding... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Vail, Colorado
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Vail, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a day off before a conference and planned some time sightseeing. I was thoroughly impressed by the grounds and the building. The view from the museum of the surrounding area is stunning. The exhibits were informative and honestly thoughtfully planned. Each exhibit builds on the previous and if you carefully follow them you will hear a story unfold... More 

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Watkins Glen, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was impressed by the cleanliness of this museum. Everything was beautifully displayed. You must follow the exhibits numerically to get the best experience from the personal video that carries you from beginning to end of the war through the eyes of several characters.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good palace to visit to learn all you need to know about the civil war and without the hike down to Gettysburg. If you are interested but not a history buff spending an afternoon visiting will be well worth it.

Thank usfifer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is such an informative place to go to get the history of the Civil War. The people at the front desk said to plan staying about 2 hours. If you read everything that is displayed, watch all of the videos and look at all of the artifacts then you can easily make an entire day of it. Otherwise you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is by far the best Civil War Museum we have toured. Better than the ones at Gettysburg. The chronology is excellent.

Thank John C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The collection of Civil War artifacts were excellent. I have always been drawn to the Surgeons Kit. More people died from diseases than killed on the battlefield. The collection of weapons were very good. Take some time when you visit to read all the history and study the may paintings. Were there in fall and it was beautiful.

Thank RWHinze
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well done museum located just outside the city proper. It has a variety of displays and tries to offer a balanced view of the conflict.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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