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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
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10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
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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Great museum for non-museum people

Sooooo interesting. I'm not a big fan of museums- usually find them boring. Loved the videos - brought history to life. So clean & professional - loved the flow. Everyone needs... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Sooooo interesting. I'm not a big fan of museums- usually find them boring. Loved the videos - brought history to life. So clean & professional - loved the flow. Everyone needs to see this place.

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had went to the National Civil War Museum on a recent Saturday. I arrived there shortly after it opened. It took me almost two hours to go through the displays on the two floors of the museum. Their gift shop has a large selection of Civil War books, many of which have been signed by the authors. The museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Recently spent a couple of hours on a holiday Monday at this attractive and informative museum well placed on a hill overlooking downtown Harrisburg. A nice mix of written materials, period reproductions and authentic Civil War items from firearms to medical equipment and uniforms. Several films and musical exhibits give a nice flavor to the experience. Well worth a couple... More 

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Mechanicsburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great facility in a very 'dicey' part of town. The displays are first rate, live presentations are good. If you are in the mid state and are a Civil War buff don't miss this. It rates just as good as the National Park in Gettysburg. Been there 3 times now and never disappointed.

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Marietta, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you want information about the true Civil War experience, then make a trip to Gettysburg, PA which has a plethora of free tours and information. This tourist trap museum could be located Anywhere USA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent about two hours at this museum. It was well laid out, filled with interesting artifacts, and detailed enough to provide information on the various stages of the war without going overboard.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks 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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