The Art of Remembrance: Exploring the National Civil War Museum’s Treasures

Tableau of Union Civil War soldiers and a wagon at the National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum is a relatively new museum dedicated to commemorating and educating the public about the impact of the American Civil War. Founded in 2001 and located in Harrisburg, PA, the museum provides visitors with a comprehensive overview of the conflict as well as its personal and lasting consequences for the American people.

The National Civil War Museum is a powerful and important reminder of the impact the conflict had on our nation and its people. Through interactive displays, art, historical artifacts, and educational programs, visitors can gain insight into this pivotal period in American history and appreciate the sacrifices made by so many.

What to Expect at the National Civil War Museum

The museum’s exhibits, hundreds of thousands of artifacts and educational programs allow visitors to gain a deeper understanding of this pivotal period in American history. You can explore artifacts from the Union and Confederate armies, the career of General Robert E Lee, the fall of Richmond, and the battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, and more. There are also displays and artwork that touch on the social, economic, and political issues surrounding the war, such as civil rights, slavery, and Reconstruction.

The museum also features tableaus that bring the events of the Civil War to life.

The National Civil War Museum features a number of artifacts from the Union and Confederate armies, including weapons and uniforms, General Robert E. Lee’s chair, letters and documents, a medical kit, battlefield relics, and more. Visitors can also explore art, photographs, and objects that illustrate life during the Civil War era, including images of the Union and Confederate flags, 19th century newspapers, and tools used by enslaved individuals.

Know Before You Go

You should plan to spend several hours exploring the 24,000 artifacts, documents, photographs, and other items on display. Additionally, visitors can purchase audio tour guides and museum store items. The museum also offers special events such as lectures, book signings, and school programs.

Getting there: 1 Lincoln Cir, Harrisburg, PA
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Website: museum

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