National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
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The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is the premier center for the study and research of medical innovation during the American Civil War. Exhibits, programs lecture and research facilities look at innovations in science, medical logistics, medical organization, nursing, civilian medical relief and much more.
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upthehudson
Kingston, NY103 contributions
Jul 2021
What an interesting stop this proved to be! It's a smallish museum in what is basically a storefront. And what it lacks in ambitious multi-media effects, it makes up for with untaught history and graphic descriptions of what proved to be a turning point in medicine we now take for granted.
You set your own pace. There are occasional interactive displays and revelations about influencers who are still spoken about today. The staff was eager to assist. We came out with a greater appreciation and understanding of the circumstances the 19th century medical professionals confronted.
And yes, there is even a small souvenir shop!
Written July 25, 2021
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Happy Trails, Mary
Indianapolis, IN287 contributions
Oct 2021
I love finding and exploring museums that are out of the ordinary, and this was definitely one of them. I was surprised by all the information and artifacts in this museum. I learned a lot about medicine and medical practices during the Civil War. I'm grateful medicine and medical practices have vastly improved! This is an incredible place to visit.
Written October 16, 2021
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deebug2470
Pittsburgh, PA3,389 contributions
Dec 2019
While staying in nearby Herndon, Va we did a day trip to see this museum. It was well worth it. It’s located in a quaint little town. Our tour was self-guided for the most part but a guide takes the elevator to the top with you. After that he gives you information and explains the museum. As you go room to room working your way down to the main floor he was with us in the room to answer questions and some rooms spoke to our group explaining things.
Written November 29, 2020
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Bennett S
4 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Small museum, and both interesting and detailed on the specific subject matter. However, I had a friend visiting from another country and for the price, $18 for 2, she thought it was high compared to the National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art which are both huge and completely free. Don't think I will return. Honestly, unless you are a civil war buff, it was a little boring.
Written March 4, 2020
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We're sorry you didn't feel you got the best value for your money. If you ever come by again, we would love to give you a guided tour to help the subject come alive a bit more for you. We might be a smaller organization than the Smithsonian (we are a private non-profit), but we feel the story of Civil War medicine can be as impactful if given the chance.
Written March 5, 2020
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Barbara_A462
Washington DC, DC76 contributions
Apr 2021
What a cool little museum. Privately owned, lovingly curated. There was so much to see and read, it took about 2 hours to go through. The exhibits provided not only a good history of medicine during the war, but also interesting information about medical schools, education of women, and descriptions of nursing at the time. Well worth a visit.
Written April 19, 2021
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tanner12oz
pittsburgh129 contributions
Aug 2022
very affordable with a ton of information. i spent a solid 2 hours here and had to leave cuz they were closing. i would say not great for kids cuz it was alot of reading but if your into medicine, civil war or simply information its a great place.
Written August 16, 2022
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Cynderella43
Fort Lauderdale, Florida538 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
We were visiting Frederick and went to this museum after seeing it highlighted on Mysteries At The Museum.

The Museum is two-stories and is laid out in a manner that is easy to follow. It depicts the trials and tribulations of trying to save the soldiers of the Civil War. You get a good sense of the pain and suffering the soldiers must have endured, especially all the amputations they performed without any anesthesia...ouch!

It also highlights such stars as Carla Barton, who founded the American Red Cross, Harriett Tubman,various other African American Nurses, multiple surgeons, and the unsung heroes of the war.

It was very well done and easy to follow along. I would highly recommend it if you are in the area or a Civil War buff.

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Written August 11, 2017
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fiestylady
Long Island, NY192 contributions
I Visited Frederick a few weeks ago and stopped by to see this museum since there was nothing to do in the town itself. Im glad that I did. My friends and I were totally enthralled with this place. If your a big Civil War buff you will definately enjoy this museum. Lots of reading so be prepared! It will take you some time to go through the exibits, but its so worth it! So many things I never knew about Civil War medicine. I definately recommend this place while visiting Frederick.
Written August 20, 2007
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tladd
8 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
I had heard about this museum about a year ago and had wanted to go. When I found myself heading back into that area (I'm from PA) I put it on my must do list. Even with knowing what I was looking for, the building is not easy to find, since it's small store front disappears with the rest of the storefronts. However, it's much bigger than it appears since it runs deep. I went by myself to explore the museum and while there, the front desk girl and the person upstairs where the exhibits began couldn't have been more helpful. The exhibits are really interesting and can be elaborated upon. Myths and legends were debunked. The pictures and artifacts were laid out well. If you follow the order of how you're to tour the museum, you'll follow a few stories of individual soldiers. Ask questions when there, the employees are knowledgable. Read the signs, in the bathrooms, they are interesting too! (I stopped in to use one and they had information about sanitation in one of them, so then I popped into another one and more information about the outhouses. This museum was really wonderful. I'm not a history buff, but I have a great liking for learning about the Civil War. I left here, and then went to the battlefield. The museum at the visitors center, there, was also nicely done. I'd love to go back, and plan to whenever I return to the area.
Written August 18, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the exhibits! If you're ever in the area again, be sure to check our calendar for special events or programs.
Written August 20, 2018
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Sandy B
Quincy, IL79 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
We decided on a sidetrip to Frederick from Washington, DC to visit the museum after hearing that a physician friend had donated his collection upon his death. The staff were very responsive to our inquiries prior to the trip and met us to show us some donated items not even on display. The museum itself houses many interesting displays and showcases the role of the civil war in the advancement of medicine.
Written April 25, 2018
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and it was wonderful to have you. You're welcome back any time. We're always happy to set things up before hand.
Written April 26, 2018
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National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick

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