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National Civil War Museum

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Address: 1 Lincoln Cir, Harrisburg, PA 17103-2411
Phone Number: +1 866-258-4729
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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
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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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A must for any history buff

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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wilds of New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an extensive, even-handed overview of what so gravely divided our nation, and how the resulting war proceeded. To take in all the information displayed would take several hours, possibly multiple visits. It is an informative and instructive attempt at covering a tremendous amount of detail, including a broad range of topics of the culture of both sides of... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the museum after a conference in Harrisburg over the Veterans Day weekend. We thought it was fabulous. We did not expect it to be so extensive. You need at least 3 hours to absorb all the information and take in the visuals and artifacts. I think what makes this museum unique is how unpretentious it... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited late summer 2016. It is a very nice museum. Plenty to look at. It's a beautiful building. Problem - it's located in a scary neighborhood - felt if my car broke down I'd be mugged!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Harrisburg because my boyfriend had a safety course to take for work. Decided to go to the civil war museum and was completely impressed by the amount of videos, artifacts and pictures displayed! The the staff was super polite and friendly! If you are in Harrisburg I highly suggest this museum especially if you are a history... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is set up with some diorama's, artifacts and video screens showing recreations of people's stories which was good. My major disappointment was that they didn't have a clear campaign by campaign, battle by battle history. It would be great to have an annotated, animated map that slowly went through the history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited on a cool rainy fall day when very few others were there and spent over 3 hours and, of course, only skimmed the surface. I have visited many of the Civil War battlefields so was interested in what this museum might have to add. The focus is entirely different. It attempts to cover the events and circumstances that... More 

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Miiddletown,NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction will not disappoint. It gives you the total history of this conflict from the beginning to the end and includes the results of the war on American History. It is a multi-media museum.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is beautifully located on a hilltop overlooking the town of Harrisburg and behind, in the middle of Reservoir Park. Open 7 days a week, the museum takes the visitor through every aspect of the Civil War. It is well laid out and explained. There is a well-stocked museum store at the exit.

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Mount Calvary, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum is set up very well. The displays are very detailed. Lots of memorabilia, photos and videos. A person could spend a complete day there

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