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“Gem for the Civil War History Buff”

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
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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.
Reviewed February 1, 2014

This was a destination site for us and we were not disappointed, thanks to the useful Trip Advisor reviews found here. It's a small, two-story museum, very clean, up-to-date displays, many designed to engage w/ interactive components. A story of one wounded Civil War soldier is tracked multiple times through the exhibit - very engaging. The displays of artifacts, some using mannequins, are accompanied by concise printed info. We spent 2 hours here, more than we thought we would, but we are Civil War enthusiasts. Friendly, welcoming staff. Other thoughts -

The exhibits clearly target children but I wouldn't recommend the museum for the very young. Some displays are graphic.

Be sure to check the Frederick, MD visitors' website before you go. We found a coupon for a 2 for 1 admission - so for $9.50 for 2 rather than $19 for 2 we felt it was an excellent value.

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

I love Civil War history, but found this quaint little museum to have very informative displays about medicine. Did you know the Civil War was the beginning of ambulance service, how about hospitals, how about the first triage units? A great stop on your way to Antietam or Gettysburg.

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

Pretty large museum with many stories and facts. Who would have guessed that many procedures invented during the war are still in use?

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

My spouse is highly interested in both the Civil War and the history of medicine so we visited the National Museum of Civil War Medicine out of curiosity. I'm happy to report that the museum, while small, is highly informative, accurate, and relevant. Many of the exhibits are "old school" displays, but there are plenty of interactive exhibits and information is presented in a way that is informative without being too horribly graphic for more sensitive visitors.

The museum is organized in a logical manner, starting with Civil War medical education, and follows the course of doctors, nurses, medics, veterinarians, and soldiers through the Civil War and the recovery period. There are detailed descriptions of hospitals at the time and how the war changed medicine. Numerous myths surrounding medicine at the time (e.g., amputations were done without anesthetic) are debunked (ether or chloroform were used in 95% of amputations performed), complete with citations for further reference.

There is a small gift shop onsite.

Open daily. $7.50 per person, with discounts for seniors, military, students, and children.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

This museum has been on our Civil wargasm list for a while. On a recent trip to Gettysburg we finally made time to visit this museum. My buddy collects many items from the Civil War and he wanted to check out the amputee utensils. We spent several hours touring the museum and found it unique, informative and full of interesting items. The presentation and detailed research could keep you here for 4 or 5 hours if you read everything. Although we were here as tourists the curator came over to discuss our special interest . After several emails back and forth my friend has loaned a portion of his collection for others to enjoy. I hope to visit the museum again next year with my nephews, who live in DC, and check out the NEW display of amputee utensils. An important addition to museums dedicated to the Civil War.

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