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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  • We learned a lot and enjoyed the exhibits. The displays about the causes of the civil war was just about the history of slavery. I didn't see much displayed about the state's rights, tariffs or other ...  more »
  • You get a complete understanding of the causes of the Civil War. From the beginning of slavery to reconstruction after the war. If you want to understand the Civil War this is the place to visit. Muse...  more »
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  • This is definitely worth a visit. The visual depictions of the times are stark and moving. This is the reality of our history. Books are great, but this museum will make a lasting impact on how you view the Civil War. Reading the many posted handbills delivers authenticity and clarity to the urgent nature of war. The museum captures the treatment of slaves as property and the call to arms on both sides.
  • It's a good place. Beautiful view of the area around from the balcony. So much stuff to look at and read and watch. Enjoyed our visit and we will be back in the future.

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