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“Very, very interesting museum, Especially if you love civil war history OR healthcare history!”

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
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$240.00*
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Frederick
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Owner description: 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.
St. Pete Beach, Florida
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“Very, very interesting museum, Especially if you love civil war history OR healthcare history!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I spent 2 hours in the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and found it very, very interesting. I am not a Civil War buff, but I DO enjoy information about the history of healthcare. There are two floors and many rooms of information... regarding the medicines, doctors, nurses, and field hospitals that were utilized during the Civil War. I learned about the many homeopathic and pharmaceutical medicines that were used to "cure" everything from diarrhea to gangrene. One myth that was debunked was that "most surgeries and amputations were done with "no anesthesia. In actuality, 95% of such surgeries were done with the assistance of chloroform or ether. It was fascinating to see the surgical instruments that were used...a bit crude for present day, but somewhat effective at the time. Many lives were saved due to the heroic efforts of the medical personnel during that time...this museum honors those doctors, nurses, and emergency medical personnel (both white and black) who risked their own lives to try to save the soldiers from battle injuries and disease. There was also a section that provided follow-up information on survivors of horrific battle injuries...how they were treated...what their injuries looked like...and what contributions they made after they healed from their wounds. If you think you would enjoy learning about the pharmaceutical products and surgical tools of the Civil War, then you will enjoy your time at this museum. If you are a nurse, doctor, or EMT, you will also love it here! And kids old enough to read will be fascinated by the amputations, surgical tools, and grotesque treatments of the 19th Century.

Visited March 2013
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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great Education Experience”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

I researched the museum online and created a "scavanger hunt" for my 11 year old to complete during our visit. He had a great time finding all of the things on his list and really enjoyed the museum.

Visited July 2012
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Avon, Ohio
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“There is More to Civil War Medicine than One Would Think”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

The American Civil War was the first major conflict of the industrialized era and saw may firsts as war transitioned from Napoleonic tactics to modern tactics. The handing of the large number of wounded including the wide spread, systematic field hospitals, triage, ambulance corps, etc. were included in the Civil War firsts. This museum does an excellent job of telling this extensive story that few really know including me until our visit. Even my 12 and 14 year olds were fascinated. My best advice is to not make the same mistake we did by not leaving enough time to see everything.

Visited June 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Gem of Frederick”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

What a great museum that details just the medical accounts of the war. It is inexpensive to get into and gives a very thorough account of the war. Glad we went!

Visited December 2012
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Frederick, Maryland
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“Great perspective - Especially for Medical personnel”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

When we first moved to Frederick we visited the museum and since then have brought dozens of visitors, because it is so special. My wife is a nurse and has been fascinated by the type of care provided during the War in relation to her nursing experience. For me, the museum provides a great perspective on the role played by Frederick during the War. We never fail to learn something new on each visit. This is a "must see" for any Frederick visitor ... or resident, for that matter!

Visited June 2012
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