National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg

4.6
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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Harrisburg holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Civil War Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I took my husband to this museum as he is a huge history buff. You walk in on the first floor and enter the gift shop to buy your admission ticket, then you head upstairs to start the self guided tour...  more »
  • Want to get a full view of the Civil War? This is the museum for you. We visited on a Thursday afternoon in January 2018 and were the only ones there that we could tell. Lots of interactive exhibits. ...  more »
  • I can't believe it took me so long to get here. This is a great museum - interesting and informative.  more »
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  • Fantastic information at this place! I easily spent 2 to 3 hours in here, even without reading everything. There are even l bullets, clothes, bayonets, etc that you can hold (things were very heavy back then). It does a great job of telling the events from beginning to end. Don't leave the area without experiencing the museum.
  • I was pleasantly surprised by this place. I visited with some friends, who in turn were visiting me from abroad. They wanted to see the museum so we all went along. The signage could be a little better. We approached from route 322 from the north and at first the signs were good, but seemed to suddenly disappear when we needed them most. Thankfully Google Maps guided us for the last mile or so. The grounds are impressive, and there was plenty of parking. The parking is a short walk from the museum and I believe there are a few spaces for disabled visitors to use so they don't need to walk. The price to enter was reasonable (if I recall it was $11 when I visited) and the range of exhibits is impressive. It looks at the issues leading to the war, shows how they split between states' rights and slavery, and also covers many aspects of the war from uniforms to weapons to battle tactics. It's always a good sign to have to leave a museum due to running out of time, and wishing you could stay longer to see the exhibits in more detail. This is a place I expect to revisit.
  • Be prepared to read! We were not able to absorb/read everything in the two hours we had. The audio from the TVs and displays is loud and a jumble of distraction as you try to read surround plaques- was lucky to have earplugs on me. Nice displays of uniforms, weapons, medical, and other supplies associated with life as a soldier. Good information on African American troops
  • Impressive building, impressive collection and display. However, I was disappointed because the lighting was so poorly done that I was not able to read about 30 percent of the text displayed to explain the displays. The same lighting problem was evident with some of the material displayed - totally in the dark. And the audio that playing in some of the rooms was so loud that you would be hearing two or three audio tracks at the same time which caused me to be disoriented at times.
  • Very humbling place. You can be here for hours and still learn more. Military gets in for free. Such an amazing place.
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