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“Nicely organized museum”

National Civil War Museum
Ranked #2 of 60 things to do in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The only museum in the United States to present a balanced, unbiased look at the Civil War.
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Located on a rolling hill, the museum could be part of a Civil War battle site. The broad entrance hints of Southern Mansion meets Northern brick construction. Inside, the staff are inviting and very helpful regarding the museum. Laid out in sweeping displays across 2 floors, the museum covers the breadth of the whole Civil War. From first shot to final surrender. There are lots of artifacts and relics to view, along with uniforms of the period. The displays touch on the human experience through personal diaries and items carried by the soldiers. There are also videos that define the time and place of each phase of the war. The path carries you along like a river as you explore this part of American history. The museum wasn't crowded, so we proceeded at quick pace. The grounds are also nice to visit though there isn't much in close proximity to the museum. This is a great place for history buffs and those interested in the artifacts of the Civil War.

Thank George N
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

I have been to this museum several times and have become a member. I think it does a good job of presenting both the North and South viewpoints in a fair manner. If you join, you can go to a members-only tour where they take you into the archives and see pictures and documents, like a hand-written note from Lincoln to General McClellan asking "Any news from the front?" They also show what I think they call 3D artifacts like uniforms, and swords and guns that you can hold.
If you want to learn more about the Civil War, this museum is highly recommended.

Thank jddoog
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Trini N, Director of Sales at National Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Thank you so much for sharing your experience at our wonderful museum. We are so pleased that you have become a member and hope that you really enjoy our upcoming lectures. The members-only tour is a terrific member benefit and I am so glad that you were able to take advantage of it. Thanks again and we hope that you continue to enjoy your visits with us!

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

This was my 3rd visit to this museum. There was a Civil War photography exhibit that I wanted to see. It was fantastic. Every time I visit I learn something new. Weather you are a Civil War buff or just curious, this museum is a must.

Thank David H
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The diorama s are very nicely put together. The summaries are easy to follow. Admission charge is reasonable.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

The museum staff is so friendly and informative. The exhibits are breath taking. You learn a lot about the civil war just at this one museum. A lot of information.

Thank James M
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Trini N, Director of Sales at National Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Thank you for visiting our wonderful museum and sharing your experience. We are pleased that you enjoyed our exhibits and interacting with our staff. We hope to have you visit with us again soon!

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