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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum

496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711-4040
+1 229-924-0343
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Being a bit of a Civil War buff, I always wanted to visit this place. While in Atlanta for a few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
nriemen
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Winchester, Virginia
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The Prisoner of War museum and cemetery at Andersonville is worth a visit for everyone. It's an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephanie B
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Andersonville National Historic Site pays tribute to all American prisoners of war. The park has three features: the National Prisoner of War Museum, the site of the Andersonville prison, and the Andersonville National Cemetery.The National Prisoner of War Museum commemorates the sacrifices of all American prisoners of war. Museum exhibits tell the story of prisoners of war using artifacts, visuals, text and oral history interviews with former prisoners of war. Two 30-minute introductory films alternate thoughout the day. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. A tour road encircles the Andersonville prison site; a self-guided driving tour is available. The Andersonville National Cemetery contains the graves of nearly 13,000 Union prisoners of war. The national cemetery is still active and contains over 20,000 interments.Most visitors spend at least two hours in the park. Those with an interest in the Civil War or military history could easily spend most of the day.
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496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711-4040
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a bit of a Civil War buff, I always wanted to visit this place. While in Atlanta for a few days, I put this on our list of things to do. It is about a 2+ hour drive from Atlanta and well worth the...More

Thank nriemen
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Prisoner of War museum and cemetery at Andersonville is worth a visit for everyone. It's an interesting historic site and a great chance to honor POWs.

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great museum on Prisoners Of War throughout the history of the US! The grounds are now bare at Andersonville, but it is easy to imagine the hardships of the prisoners here. Definitely a stop for any US history/Civil War buffs.

Thank Joe J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its hard to imagine existence at the Camp Sumter Prison at Andersonville. The National Prisoner of War Museum will help you with that and help you understand the plight of prisoners of war over the years in many nations. Very well done and worth the...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with forty-two fellow travelers to view and tour the POW camp. Was very impressed by the amount of work that has gone into the grounds, take a docent with you to get the full experience! Well worth it!

Thank Gary U
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I wasn't even aware that the USA had an organisation dedicated to POW or that they had Prisons during the civil war (although it makes sense in hindsight). I learnt a lot from this visit about American POWs as a whole and would definitely recommend...More

Thank Em B
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

A somber reminder of the atrocities of any war. The driving tour of the grounds in sync with the audio recording from the website keeps you engaged and is very informative. We were glad that we had the opportunity to visit and pay our respects...More

Thank Diggy H
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I'd read the novel "Andersonville" and had some idea of the place, but was still sobered by my visit to the historic site. A self-guided drive around the prison site gives a good idea of its layout. Some recreated sections of wall suggest how it...More

Thank Sc00byD00byD00
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We arrived here just in time to hear an excellent introductory talk by Wellington, an intern from Gettysburg. He used some sketches or paintings of the prison to give us insight into what it was like for a soldier being held there. Since this is...More

Thank Mimivfl73
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This is a very interesting stop on a Civil War tour, and must-see to get a grasp of this dark part of the war. The POW Museum is wonderful. It is not just a Civil War museum, but a dedication to POWs of all wars....More

Thank Jay B
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Babsy1969
24 March 2017|
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Response from Anthony P | Reviewed this property |
As with all things - it depends. At a minimum, I would give yourself a couple of hours. The Park Service has a Audio tour for your vehicle that is free, and it takes roughly an hour. It covers Camp Sumter (Andersonville... More
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dutchessnancy
8 October 2016|
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Response from Walt_H_1956 | Reviewed this property |
On second thought, yes it is, depending on your route from Florida. If you're coming north on I-75, it's about 35 minutes west of Perry, GA. Worth a side trip, then back to 75 towards Atlanta, then east to Myrtle Beach... More
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Linda F
31 January 2016|
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Response from Liz D | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest you spend a day at Andersonville. You could also take a day in Columbus for the Port Columbus Civil War Museum, and Museum of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. If you have a few days and want... More
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