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The National Civil War Museum®

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Seniors


1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir ParkP.O. Box 1861Harrisburg, PA 17105 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The National Civil War Museum is the only museum in the United States that portrays the entire story of the American Civil War without bias to Union or Confederate causes.

Here, you can witness the multitude of human experiences that made up the war. From slavery to camp life to the turmoil of 19th century politics, the Museum will immerse you in the Civil War, with equal emphasis on both sides.


The National Civil War Museum portrays the struggle of the American Civil War as a time line, from the issues straining the nation towards conflict through the war's conclusion at Appomattox Court House. Nowhere can you find a better understanding of the Civil War, its effect on the nation and on the people. See and feel the emotions rise and fall as you embrace Bull Run, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Antietam and Gettysburg; once ordinary places transformed in a few hours to hallowed ground.

We exhibit and collect materials on the common soldiers, men and women on the home front and the experiences of African Americans. The military artifacts encompass all aspects of soldiers' experiences: from the personal equipage and weaponry of the War, to wounds, disease, prisoner-of-war experiences, and the emotional drain of the conflict. Whenever possible, emphasis has been placed on obtaining artifacts that are identified to specific combatants of the War.

The National Civil War Museum is a unique educational and entertainment facility. This museum caters to the history nut, the Civil War buff, those who are proud to be Americans, and those who want to know more about America's greatest tragedy.

Tours are educational, entertaining and sometimes emotional. A unique combination of high-resolution digital video, sound and light shows, life size dioramas, and the world's best Civil War collection is arranged to keep your attention. School and group tours are available and welcomed.


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