National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
4.5
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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
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • James M
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but Really Worthwhile
    The museum was in the centre of Frederick town. Exhibits were informative and innovative and dispelled many Civil War myths relating to treatment of casualties in 1860 to 65. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly. A gem of a museum
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • LAURIE S
    Buckhannon, West Virginia581 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding content
    Docent Dr Hill brings galleries to life with his innate curiosity for military history and his actual experience as a retired internist. There are numerous exhibits to delve into and makes the visitors question things further. There is a self guided tour map, admission discounts are available as well as a gift shop with very unique items. We spent a few hours here while walking the main Frederick downtown area. Time well spent!!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
  • Margo H
    Los Angeles, California22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Medicine Museum of the Civil War
    This museum was truly amazing. I didn't know what to expect, but the visuals, the information and the stories were top notch. I loved the letters of the Civil War solider. Throughout the museum you read letters throughout the years of his experience during the Civil War. I couldn't recommend this museum enough. There was so much information that I never knew about the Civil War. The areas that were staged were very detailed and had the caliber of a DC museum. There was even a tent that was used during the Civil War- astonishing! I don't know when I'll be back in the area, but I would go back! I know I didn't get through everything that by the end we were starting to get a bit tired and hungry. Highly recommend the restaurant Orchard just around the block.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2024
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Margo H
Los Angeles, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This museum was truly amazing. I didn't know what to expect, but the visuals, the information and the stories were top notch. I loved the letters of the Civil War solider. Throughout the museum you read letters throughout the years of his experience during the Civil War.

I couldn't recommend this museum enough. There was so much information that I never knew about the Civil War. The areas that were staged were very detailed and had the caliber of a DC museum. There was even a tent that was used during the Civil War- astonishing!
I don't know when I'll be back in the area, but I would go back!

I know I didn't get through everything that by the end we were starting to get a bit tired and hungry. Highly recommend the restaurant Orchard just around the block.
Written July 9, 2024
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deebug2470
Pittsburgh, PA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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LAURIE S
Buckhannon, WV
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Docent Dr Hill brings galleries to life with his innate curiosity for military history and his actual experience as a retired internist. There are numerous exhibits to delve into and makes the visitors question things further. There is a self guided tour map, admission discounts are available as well as a gift shop with very unique items. We spent a few hours here while walking the main Frederick downtown area. Time well spent!!
Written May 16, 2024
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Barbara_A462
Washington DC, DC
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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James M
Milton Keynes, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The museum was in the centre of Frederick town. Exhibits were informative and innovative and dispelled many Civil War myths relating to treatment of casualties in 1860 to 65. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly. A gem of a museum
Written September 29, 2023
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Travelmaint
Princeton, Illinois
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This our first visit to this museum, which was recommended to us by highway Welcome Center staff. It's right in Frederick, so it's a bit congested in the area. We found it to be very interesting/informative, and really put a perspective on Civil War medical care, and advancements that were made because of it. It also dispelled the myth(s) about medical "butchery", and how/why things were done back then. We would recommend a visit if you're in the area.
Written October 31, 2022
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tanner12oz
pittsburgh
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Florida
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, NY
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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