National Civil War Museum

National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg

National Civil War Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Robby N G
1 contribution
Traveled there while visiting Gettysburg two weeks ago. After visiting, I would have preferred to save the gas for the trip there and back. Museum is not that easy to get to from the interstate. The grounds and landscaping are in horrible shape. The grass needs to be mowed, weeds pulled, mulch spread, lights fixed, pigeons and poop clean from the front entrance, trash picked up on the grounds and in the parking lot and sever water damage inside the museum building itself. The collection of artifacts inside were so-so. Dust and dead flies were inside many of the displays! There are smaller ones in Gettysburg that are much better. Also, why was Harrisonburg picked as the site for this?
Written 21 July 2022
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,719 contributions
Whether you are a Civil War buff or not, this is a really cool museum! Plenty of free parking, a large gift shop, and a friendly staff. To visit has a marginal fee that is well worth the price. So many neat artifacts, well laid out, and tells a powerful story.
Written 20 June 2022
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ISC624
Acworth, GA126 contributions
This is one of the better Civil War museums that we've visited. It's located on a hilltop, affording great views of the surrounding area. However, we found it impossible to avoid driving through sketchy neighborhoods in order to reach the destination.
Parking was plentiful, and the museum wasn't crowded. The displays are laid out in a logical sequence, and there were more artifacts than in many of the other Civil War museums we've visited.
Written 12 June 2022
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Beth R
Celebration, Florida, United States15 contributions
Couples
We appreciated how the history was presented as stories. And the hillside vistas contributed to our sense of awe and respect
Written 30 May 2022
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dianew49783
Sault Ste. Marie, MI2 contributions
Friends
This was a wonderful museum. We have been to Gettysburg and others. It is a beautiful spot high up on a hill overlooking the capital city.
Written 18 April 2022
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Gary G
2 contributions
Couples
I have been here many times. Great exhibits, friendly staff, easy free parking and very well maintained.
You will not be sorry that you visited.
Written 17 April 2022
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STEPHEN L
6 contributions
Family
Beautiful facility staffed by very friendly knowledgeable people. Large collection of Civil War artifacts, photos and film clips.
Written 10 April 2022
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corkyc988
New Jersey120 contributions
The museum is a must for any Civil War buff. The museum is quite inviting as you walk in and you have two floors to explore. The museum truly does give a balanced portrayal of the Civil War without taking sides. There are a number of short videos to watch that enhance the experience. Interestingly, they profile a number of different individuals and if you stop at the different video stops, you can follow along to find out how the Civil War affected these different individuals. The gift shop offers a nice selection of books related to the war and era. Allow yourself several hours to mosey around the exhibits. There is a vending room available but you may wish to time your visit to eat before/afterwards your visit.
Written 16 March 2022
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BKmoody
Cleveland, TN71 contributions
Family
We were glad the museum was open during the time in which we could visit. The location of the museum is a bit sketchy with the surrounding properties in various stages of disarray and very poor upkeep but the panoramic view at the museum was beautiful. The staff was welcoming and informative. The museum layout allows you to go at your own pace while viewing the exhibits. There are many areas in which you may sit and rest while watching very interesting stories on modern LCD tvs with nice external speakers. The displays were very nice with accent lighting and sound where appropriate. The restrooms available for public use were large and clean. They even provide an elevator to assist people who may have difficulty traversing the stairs to and from the upper level. The gift shop offered a nice variety of souvenirs within a vast price range.

The only reason I did not rate this museum with 5 stars is because there were some minor typographical and spelling errors on some of the informative placards and some of the artifacts were numbered incorrectly. This does not detract a great deal from one’s experience but I felt a museum as nice as this one should have proofed the displays and typed information a bit more thoroughly. All in all this is a great museum dedicated to preserving our Civil War history!
Written 7 March 2022
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Frank Barrella
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The self-guided tour throughout the museum was very informative and well laid out. The museum has many artifacts o display that are worthwhile to see and learn about.
Written 23 February 2022
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National Civil War Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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