Museums

National Civil War Museum Harrisburg

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National Civil War Museum
One Lincoln Circle
Reservoir Park
Harrisburg
PA
17103
Tel: 717 260-1861

Where are we going today?

With over 24,000 impressive artifacts for you to experience during your time at the National Civil War Museum, you will spend your family day out surrounded by history, and eye-opening tales of this infamous period in USA history.

It really gives kids an understanding into the Civil War - the effect that it had on the entire nation, and on the people. It's the place to be if you want to learn all about Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and Shiloh - all once ordinary places which became names that would go down in history.

There are exhibits to learn from which cover pre and post war, as well as the war itself, where you can learn about those involved in the war from the military, as well as civilian. The National Civil War Museum has permanent exhibits, as well and several changing ones which will mean there is always something new for you to experience on your next visit!

Topics in the past that have been displayed include the role of the city of Harrisburg within the Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War art and even the flags of the Civil War. A humbling exhibit for the kids would have been the Children and the War exhibit. It will give them a sense of perspective, and really make them think.

The National Civil War Museum also has a fascinating military exhibit, where kids can see all the aspects of the soldiers experience - from the weaponry, wounds, encounters, and even personal artifacts. It's always a fascinating insight when kids can walk around the museum looking at the artifacts, and talking about the kind of people that would have been behind the weapons, and the clothes, and the personal items...what would they have been through? What do you think they would have felt about the war?

It would be a shame to visit such a historic city such as Harrisburg and not experience this amazing museum. 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$11
  • Children$9 students
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm Mon, Tues, Thurs - Sat. Wed 10am - 8pm. Sun 12pm - 5pm

All year round but closed New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Teachers corner

Their main focus is to educate, so why wouldn't you bring students to enjoy it! Give them a call about arranging tours .

Any Top Tips?

Allow at least 2 hours, if not 4 to really enjoy it and move at your own pace. Tours are self-guided.

Doing our bit

They collect, preserve and take great care of their artifacts and ensuring their stories are looked after correctly. .

Need a little extra help?

The museum is FULLY accessible for anyone in wheelchairs! .

Can I get one of those?

With a book collection, art collection, clothing and collectibles, there is plenty of shopping that you can do after your experience. .

More information

Schedule the tour around any special programs so you don't miss out! .

What people are saying?

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    Excellent museum! (A Smithsonian Affiliated Museum) The museum building and grounds/views are spectacular. Great historical pieces and very informative. The layout was well thought out. This museum definitely provides an unbiased view between the north & south battle. When we visited we couldn't believe that we spent about 4 hours going through it all. A true treasure in Harrisburg, PA. Highly recommend if you are passing through the area. There is an admission charge but I got a great deal through Groupon for admission for two. (always...Read More

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    I loved the location, and this was a quality learning experience that I am actually going to be going to again soon. (Tomorrow morning!) I also have the same problem with it as the others though. The noise from the exhibits was loud to the point of distraction so that it was hard to read the exhibit signs. (I can see this being a good thing if you go on a busy day and the drone of the crowd helps make everything turn into background noise, but when you're there alone it's just very attention-grabbing.) Also some of the exhibits' numbering systems...Read More

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    Museum location is beautiful. Exhibits are very nice & well written. Only complaint is the audio loops in each room being a bit loud

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    This is a great museum but it is located in a strange, hard to reach neighborhood. But that just holds down the crowds and makes it all the more enjoyable.

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    The only downside is the admission price but, in today's economy I can understand that funding is not easy to come by.

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by Douglas Cole

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Excellent museum! (A Smithsonian Affiliated Museum) The museum building and grounds/views are spectacular. Great historical pieces and very informative. The layout was well thought out. This museum definitely provides an unbiased view between the north & south battle. When we visited we couldn't believe that we spent about 4 hours going through it all. A true treasure in Harrisburg, PA. Highly recommend if you are passing through the area. There is an admission charge but I got a great deal through Groupon for admission for two. (always great to save a few bucks). The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The gift shop was nice and had some interesting pieces/treasures. If you are in Harrisburg add this and the Capitol Building to your to do list.

by Angela Barrett

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I loved the location, and this was a quality learning experience that I am actually going to be going to again soon. (Tomorrow morning!) I also have the same problem with it as the others though. The noise from the exhibits was loud to the point of distraction so that it was hard to read the exhibit signs. (I can see this being a good thing if you go on a busy day and the drone of the crowd helps make everything turn into background noise, but when you're there alone it's just very attention-grabbing.) Also some of the exhibits' numbering systems were very confusing in their set up. Other than those two things? It's wonderful! My favorite part was where you could listen to excerpts from the songs of that time.

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