National Civil War Museum
National Civil War Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Cathy Y
    Brighton, Michigan37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Civil War Museum
    What a gem of a museum. So much history that has been well preserved and exceptionally presented. A place you must visit even if you are not a history buff. Excellent highlights of the Civil War. The grounds are beautiful too and the magnificent US Flag is one of the largest I have ever seen.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2023
  • ChemTeacherTraveller
    Ypsilanti, Michigan743 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good rainy-day choice
    It was a rainy day in Harrisburg, so I chose the National Civil War Museum. The price was a little high ($14 with AAA discount). I spent about 2 hours going through the exhibits and learned a lot. My favorite artifacts were the textiles--they had a lot of uniforms and Civil War-era clothing!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • patriotblue1
    Grand Rapids, Michigan190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fantastic Introduction to the Civil War
    We were taking our grandsons to Gettysburg and this museum provided a great introduction to the Civil War. The issue of slavery is not ignored and told very well, as is most everything. The history of the war is told accurately and the collection of items on display is great. With videos and interactive stations, the boys were not bored. The admission price is fair and the gift shop offered quality merchandise.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Robert R
    Woodbridge, Virginia524 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Presentations of Civil War History
    Visited the Museum and surrounding park overlooking Harrisburg on a beautiful day. The exhibits begin on the second floor and are presented in a chronological story from the causes of the Civil War through President Lincoln's assassination and the beginning of reconstruction. Many artifacts presented in informative displays, mixed with models, recreated displays, and informative videos. Admission fees paid on entry through the gift shop - no fee if just shopping. Ample parking on road circulating the museum, with short walks to the entrance.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Semomu
    Springfield, Illinois158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience
    So enjoyed the visit to this lovely museum. So much to see. Exhibits were well done. Enjoyed the videos that linked character’s thoughts through the museum. Be sure to see the first video in the second floor to meet them. Very nice and helpful staff members. Very neat and clean too. Suggestion…due to poor lighting in a few of the exhibits, we could not read some of the information provided. Also, located in an interesting area. Would have thought it would be in a more rural setting.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Susan P
    Putnam, Connecticut814 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Allow 3-4 Hours and Bring Ear Plugs
    This is a very large, newer museum with plenty of event space, parking, and a great view of the surrounding area. It's quite impressive. Most people will want to allow 3 to 4 hours to see everything. The museum is fully accessible, and prices are fair. It is open daily. I personally find excessive noise in a museum unwelcome, particularly when it is very loud and repeats. This was the case in this museum. When you enter a section of the museum, a narrated story begins. Multimedia presentations and interactive displays are distracting. I do not want to be immersed in the sights and sounds of individual stories. I do appreciate a film available to view in a room that does not interfere with traditional exhibits. That's just my opinion, and I realize many people prefer a sensory experience and some do not care to read. Speaking of reading, I could not help but notice many of the signs detailing exhibits contained misspellings, particularly on the first level. I counted seven and wasn't really looking.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • kunfushuss
    Pennsylvania432 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall, not bad
    Pretty good museum at $16. It's a little odd to have this situated in Harrisburg, and it's not a big place, but I don't know of a better civil war museum. They do a good job contextualizing the war, and have particularly good exhibits surrounding Fort Sumter and Gettysburg, but the timelines for the rest of the war get a little confusing (do I go clockwise or counter-clockwise around the room to go in the right order?). They have a nice weaponry collection, and some interesting artifacts (a Lincoln hat-box, Pickett's hat, a gun belonging to Governor Curtin, and a few others). Overall, not bad, I just think they could do a little better with presenting the timelines and geography of the war - like, when they discuss Sherman's march to the sea, it would be nice to have a map alongside it.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 13, 2024
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BKmoody
Cleveland, TN94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We were glad the museum was open during the time in which we could visit. The location of the museum is a bit sketchy with the surrounding properties in various stages of disarray and very poor upkeep but the panoramic view at the museum was beautiful. The staff was welcoming and informative. The museum layout allows you to go at your own pace while viewing the exhibits. There are many areas in which you may sit and rest while watching very interesting stories on modern LCD tvs with nice external speakers. The displays were very nice with accent lighting and sound where appropriate. The restrooms available for public use were large and clean. They even provide an elevator to assist people who may have difficulty traversing the stairs to and from the upper level. The gift shop offered a nice variety of souvenirs within a vast price range.

The only reason I did not rate this museum with 5 stars is because there were some minor typographical and spelling errors on some of the informative placards and some of the artifacts were numbered incorrectly. This does not detract a great deal from one’s experience but I felt a museum as nice as this one should have proofed the displays and typed information a bit more thoroughly. All in all this is a great museum dedicated to preserving our Civil War history!
Written March 7, 2022
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Katherine O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We had a fantastic visit to The National Civil War Museum this August. The Museum is a purpose built building, so they have been able to create an excellent experience that flows really well, taking you through the timeline of the Civil War, including the circumstance that led to it, which is great for a Brit like me as I am not very familiar with American history. There are lots of hands on experiences, dioramas, movies and recreations, as well as lots of memorabilia and great explanations to put everything in context, and it works well for all age groups - we were there with our 12 and 9 year old daughters and they thoroughly enjoyed it all too. All the staff were very friendly, helpful and informative, and the Museum has also worked hard to make sure that it stays fully accessible but also safe in these times of COVID-19, with hand sanitizer available at multiple point, masks and social distancing all being observed. All in all, a highly enjoyable and educational day out!
Written August 13, 2020
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Thank you so much for your feedback. We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit to the museum. We are thankful that we can open our doors safely to our visitors. Next time in the area, please stop back to see us!
Written September 24, 2020
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Ann P
Jermyn, PA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We stopped here on a rainy day and spent about 2 hours , and we didn’t get a chance to watch the film they had . There is so much to see, we especially liked the list of firsts that happened during the civil war' first Medal of Honor for example. If you don’t know anything about civil war history, this museum will help you understand from the begining all the factors that contributed to this terrible war. Price was reasonable and well worth it,, stop by.
Written October 13, 2020
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David S
West Chester, PA1,326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
August 2020

We spent a little more than two hours here and really enjoyed the visit, being history buffs and having a desire to see as many museums as we can, while out and about. It had quite a few exhibits and some interesting artifacts in the collection, but I was just a tad bit disappointed it didn't offer a lot more in terms of bigger items from the Civil War, like cannons, pieces of ships and buildings, etc. Being this is a national museum for that war, you would expect a mind-blowing display of everything for that period, but it fell a little short in that regard. I'd give it 5 stars if it was just another Civil War museum, but being the National Civl War Museum, it fell a little short, and also, numerous exhibits were closed down because of the freakout over Covid, so that put a damper on things.
Written November 1, 2020
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Karen
Irwin, PA69 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Love Civil War History and have been to the National Civil War Museum several times; this trip to take my almost sixteen year old nephew. Most of the Museum is read the narrative and look at the object. Could be more engaging, more creatively displayed, and/or more interactive so as not to be mundane. Great display of firearms. We were there on a weekend; was not well attended.
Written February 4, 2020
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Amemoose
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
I was shocked when we pulled up to the Civil War Museum. It is HUGE. I am not a big history buff, but my daughter is, so I'll admit that when I saw the size of the place, I was dreading spending all day staring at flat paintings and musty uniforms of the Civil War. I couldn't have been more wrong. This museum is engaging and has incredible exhibits that really draw you in. Some of the very first exhibits actually brought me to tears. Beautifully crafted wax figures are brought to life with ingenious audio and lighting to tell the stories of families impacted during the war. There are tales of wealthy Southerners, military men, and slaves. It's heartbreaking, informative, and incredibly well done.
Written January 9, 2021
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MIKE C
Bedford, TX32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is an excellent museum that tells the story of the American Civil War that is balanced to tell both sides of the ordeal. The museum is located in Harrisburg because it is the northernmost point the Confederate forces advanced to during the war. There is a video presentation that follows throughout the museum that provides perspectives from several individuals including a woman in New York, a former slave, a southern farmer, and a newspaper owner. The war is an event in American history that should not be forgotten, and we need to remember lest we repeat the mistakes today.
Written July 8, 2021
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corkyc988
New Jersey125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The museum is a must for any Civil War buff. The museum is quite inviting as you walk in and you have two floors to explore. The museum truly does give a balanced portrayal of the Civil War without taking sides. There are a number of short videos to watch that enhance the experience. Interestingly, they profile a number of different individuals and if you stop at the different video stops, you can follow along to find out how the Civil War affected these different individuals. The gift shop offers a nice selection of books related to the war and era. Allow yourself several hours to mosey around the exhibits. There is a vending room available but you may wish to time your visit to eat before/afterwards your visit.
Written March 16, 2022
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William Hronis
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Full disclosure. Our original plan was to go to Gettysburg and Antietam during Memorial Day Weekend. However, the weather changed the trajectory of the plans. We recalled the National Civil War Museum was in the Gettysburg area and decided since we have not experienced that it was time. Perched in a high area, you come across a very aesthetically pleasing building with parking availability. This is a complete overview of the Civil War and societal context is incorporated. The exhibits were very interesting. Bathrooms on both levels. In sum, this was a nice surprise to experience Memorial Day 2021 after a year of Covid restrictions.
Written June 2, 2021
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Heidi W
Waldorf, MD60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
Didn’t know about this museum until last year and I couldn’t go then because of Covid. So I went today and it was amazing! I practically had the whole museum to myself. Spent 3 hours here taking in the very comprehensive collection, on two floors, of exhibits and detailed information. I always look forward to coming to these places because, having a huge interest in this period of U.S. History, I know I will learn something new. I did! A very remarkable museum.
Written May 8, 2021
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