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National Civil War Museum

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Address: 1 Lincoln Cir, Harrisburg, PA 17103-2411
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+1 866-258-4729
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look...

The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.

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Beautiful grounds and interesting museum

Stopped into the museum to kill time waiting for delayed flight out of Harrisburg. I was not aware of the museum and pleasantly surprised with the quality of the experience. This... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stopped into the museum to kill time waiting for delayed flight out of Harrisburg. I was not aware of the museum and pleasantly surprised with the quality of the experience. This is a very good stop for families and anyone looking to learn more about the war. Very good arms displays. If you're headed to Gettysburg this is a good... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to many civil war museums and battle sites over the years but this place is special. There are items here that are surprising even to the most astute history students. Presents a balanced view of both sides. If you have an interest in that era in American history this is a must see place. Be prepared, to get... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My boys and I went to the museum as they really enjoy history museums. This museum is not a big as some we have been to but the exhibits were well done and very informative. It is definitely worth a visit if you are going to be in the area.

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I toured the museum with my wife and adult children. I didn't expect to but, we spent over two hours going through this beautiful building. The staff were very friendly and courteous. Well done to the curators and the people who contributed to this well put together walk through our history.

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Middleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had no idea this museum was so spectacular. The exhibits, tapes and videos were unbelievable. If you can, bring your children or grandchildren here. No kids, go yourself. Very informed docents. The view over the city is beautiful and wide-spread.

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Manitou Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had heard of the National Civil War Museum when it first opened but could not visit until this year. It is built on the highest point in Harrisburg and has commanding views all around. This may be the finest museum that I have visited. I has very nice displays that are easily viewed and easy to understand. I liked... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This museum is well worth a visit. The location is fabulous You are on top of a hill in Reservoir Park with 360 degree views over Harrisburg. The museum gives you the complete history of the Civil War from the perspective of the Union and the Confederacy. The displays are spread out over two levels with many interactive aspects.

Thank FamilyofFiveNJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This was the last place we visited on our USA holiday. Being very interested in the Civil War, this visit was at the top of our list. We were no disappointed. The introductory film and cyclorama set the scene for the rest of the day. The museum told the story of the War in a well balanced way giving equal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

My husband and I visited the museum during our trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was a very informative about the entire Civil War. The building is set up wonderfully.

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Worth the trip to learn about this important part of America's history. Give yourself a couple of hours to read through the materials, watch the videos, etc... Some of the photos and/or displays may be a bit graphic for some younger audiences, but they represent what happened during slavery.

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