Civil War
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The National Civil War Museum, which opened in Harrisburg in 2001, offers “…collections of artifacts, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and other printed matter that exceed 24,000 items.” It is one of several Civil War museums in this region of the United States. Others are in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and Michigan.

This museum’s mission includes providing a balanced view of the War that tore the United States in two during the 19th century, when Abraham Lincoln was president. Its website states that it is “The only museum in The United States that portrays the entire story of the American Civil War. History is preserved in equally balanced presentations that are humanistic in nature without bias to Union or Confederate causes.”

Part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, it is open daily until 5pm with a low-price admission rate and student discount. The Museum has a 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Check out the William Elisha Stoker exhibit to see an example of what the real life of a Civil War soldier was like.

Also, check the Museum’s calendar for special events, including lectures, family activities, and living history dates.

Individual, group, and school tours are available. (Bus parking is free.) Plan on staying two to four hours and remember to stop at the gift shop. Tickets and gift shop items, including gift certificates, are available for purchase online at

Civil War inheritance items are welcome to be donated.

One creative and notable way to make a donation is through the Museum’s Adopt-a-Webpage program, which can be done in memory of a Civil War ancestor, or any individual, and would include the name of the donor. Get more information at

This is the seventh stop on our Pennsylvania Trail!

Patricia Smart