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National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg
(4.6/5 based on 700 reviews on the web)
Grasp the spirit of the age, and learn the whole story of one of the most momentous events in American history at National Civil War Museum. The museum displays are created from an impartial viewpoint to help you understand the causes, course, and consequences of the war. You can see how slavery influenced the economy and society, as well as how the war affected the everyday lives of both soldiers and civilians. The artifact collection includes personal belongings of many of the era's major figures, like Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and Stonewall Jackson. In addition to artifacts, you can view video displays and listen to music recordings. The tours are self-guided, and the whole museum building is wheelchair-accessible. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Civil War Museum and many more Harrisburg attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Harrisburg trip itinerary maker.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
  • 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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  • Every History Buff will love this place and anyone studying or interested in the period of the Civil War will love it as well. They have interactive displays that attempt to appeal to different ages so there is something for everyone.
  • This is my favorite museum. They take great care to be impartial and show all sides of a difficult story. The location is beautiful, both the building and the surrounding area. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I make a point of visiting any time I'm near Harrisburg.
  • Very disappointed! The entire exhibit was in very low lighting, hard to see items on display & read the descriptions. $44 for a family of four was a waste of money
  • Very nicely done. Beautiful building.
  • Great museum run by professional historians who are true to their craft. CEO Wayne Motts is a national treasure. Harrisburg is fortunate and smart to have this musuem.