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National Civil War Museum

Open Now: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Tells both sides of the conflict in interesting and imaginative ways! One hour didn't do it... read more

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Kansas City, Missouri
one of the better museums we've been to

This is a very well organized museum and has a nice flow from one area to another. The people... read more

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cheryl h
Durham, North Carolina
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The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.
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1 Lincoln Cir, Harrisburg, PA 17103-2411
+1 717-260-1861
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All reviews both sides chronological order president lincoln better understanding events leading up two floors hill overlooking interesting artifacts enjoy history history buff gift shop self guided tour two hours several hours well worth the trip on display second floor
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Reviewed yesterday

Tells both sides of the conflict in interesting and imaginative ways! One hour didn't do it justice, and a history buff will want to take an afternoon or longer here!

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Reviewed yesterday

This is a very well organized museum and has a nice flow from one area to another. The people working at the front desk were friendly and very willing to help in any way they could. They covered the entire history of the Civil War...More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of the best museums I have ever been to on ANY subject. Beautifully laid out, a go- at -your- own- pace kind of place.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extensive exhibit of the civil centered mostly on battles, guns and ammunition, and soldiers. Some insight into the civilians such as video presentations by women and farmers, but have liked even more about political opinions and debates. Had area where Lincoln answered 100s of questions...More

Thank Randi98
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic museum with Civil War History and Displays produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian Museum. This is a must-see stop for those Civil War buffs who happen to be in the area or make it a destination- it is so worth it. If you can,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent. Highly recommend. Displays are professional. Harrisburg should be proud!!!! In summer there are encampments on certain weekends.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well done self paced walking tour. Two stories of Civil War artifacts. The story of the war begins 100 years before the war started. This tour shows ho the division started. Then continues through the war with the major battles and how we as a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very comprehensive museum Includes from before beginning all the way to the end Museum includes films, exhibits. There is a lot of material to absorb If you want to read everything take a whole afternoon Reasonably priced for all the history you can learn Museum...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a must see while we visited Hershey. The museum tells the often untold story as to how and why the American Civil War came about detailing social, economic ,political & religious reasons for the conflict. It was very entertaining and visually stimulating and...More

1  Thank Vicki C
Reviewed November 3, 2018

We visited with our two sons who are 9 and 11. Our 9 year old is especially interested in the Civil War. The museum has a self-guided tour so you go through at your own pace. There is a lot of ground to cover and...More

1  Thank mommyramblings
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May 15, 2017|
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Response from Trini N | Property representative |
The best place to start would be to contact the US Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle, PA and check one of their reference bibliographies on the 21st PA Calvary. I hope this helps!
May 7, 2017|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is around $7.00 for seniors.
April 26, 2017|
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Response from Trini N | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in visiting The National Civil War Museum. Yes, we do have a handicapped entrance which is located in the front of the building. We hope that you enjoy your visit with us!