The National Civil War Museum: The Entire Story of the Civil War
Discover the Civil War when you visit the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA – the only museum in the U.S. that portrays the entire story of the American Civil War. Located on a prominent hill in Harrisburg’s Reservoir Park is one of the most well-known Civil War attractions. When visiting the National Civil War Museum, you will discover a unique educational and entertainment facility that will intrigue both history buffs and those who know little of the Civil War. It features collections of Civil War artifacts, interpretive displays and dioramas, as well as seasonal and temporary exhibits. Presentations are equally balanced between Union and Confederate armies, those on the home front, and African Americans.
When walking the grounds surrounding the museum, you will find many historic sites, such as the exhibit: “The Walk of Valor”: The ribbon of red brick. This monumental area symbolizes the bloodshed of war, and bears the names of Civil War veterans honored by their surviving descendants.
Why Harrisburg, PA?
Now that you know a little about the National Civil War Museum, you may be asking yourself, “Why Harrisburg, PA?”
During the American Civil War, Harrisburg, PA, stood as the second largest state in the Union. Because of its prime location at the intersection of many important railroads, Harrisburg provided a valuable supply and logistics center for the dissemination and transport of materiel for the Northern (Union) armies. Its major railway also acted as a vital link between the Atlantic coast and the Midwest with several of its railways running through the city and over the Susquehanna River.
Harrisburg also acted as a significant training center for the Union Army where tens of thousands of troops passed through Camp Curtin.
Take a Tour
Self-guided and group tours are available. In order to qualify for a group tour, there must be a minimum of 10 people and should be arranged at least one week in advance. During your tour you will discover a unique combination of high-resolution digital videos and light shows, life-size dioramas, and some of the world’s best Civil War collections.
School tours are also available, providing an education and eventful experience. To qualify for a student tour, teacher preparation and student supervision is required.