The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg offers the opportunity to learn about the American Civil War with an unbiased perspective. Their mission is to serve as a national center to inspire lifelong learning of the American Civil War through the preservation and balanced presentation of the American peoples struggles for survival and healing.
Throughout the year, the Civil War Museum hosts educational activities to bring the Civil War to life. On Sunday March 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the museum is offering free Civil War dance lessons. While the museum encourages guests to have a partner, it is not required to attend and due to limited space, modern clothing and shoes are requested. To register for the class, email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot. The class is free, but if you wish to visit the collections, admission is required.
The museum collection consists of over 4,400 three dimensional items and 21,000 archival pieces. While there are some items associated with the major players of the Civil War, such as General Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln, the vast majority of the items on display showcase the common Union or Confederate soldier. Items on display take up two floors, with ten exhibit areas on the second floor and seven areas on the first floor.
Students of the Civil War, whether for school or research purposes, can find information on-line to assist them with their studies. For educators bringing their students to the museum, visit the museum’s website in advance to find ways to incorporate what the students will see into the classroom. A great deal of research material is available for the historian and can be utilized by appointment. Civil War photography also can also be found through the museum and information pertaining on how to obtain it can be found on the website.
The National Civil War Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $7.00 for students, and a family pass can be obtained for $35.00. Visit the National Civil War Museum website for more information.