There are a bazillion Civil War museums. And well there should be. The American people have a distinct fascination with that conflict. We are commemorating its Sesquicentennial. And many have relatives who participated.
The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA is a good one. If you haven’t been there, you need to put that on your “to do” list for the near future.
The museum advertises itself as “the only museum in the United States that portrays the entire story of the American Civil War, equally balanced presentations are humanistic in nature without bias to Union or Confederate causes.”
It is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution which bodes to its credibility. Revolving exhibits early this year include the letters of Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine and others. Their permanent exhibits include artifacts of both Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln, artwork from soldiers, slavery, and even animals adopted by various soldiers as pets.
President Lincoln comes alive at the museum in a display that allows visitor to ask him questions, which he graciously answers. Click on the link to ask him a question.
Special events are held often including soldiers encampment on the grounds. Lectures are an important element of the educational experience at the museum. Their museum store is full of Civil War books, flags and other items of interest.
The museum is open Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until 5 p.m.
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