$10 for Two Tickets and a Gallery Guidebook to The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg (Up to $22.95 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • Large Civil War museum
  • Unbiased viewpoints
  • More than 24,000 artifacts
  • Interactive exhibits

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Promotional value expires Jul 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid for 2 single-day civil war museum admissions and 1 guidebook. Must use in 1 visit, no cash value. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

History is like Frankenstein's monster—all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets (up to a $18 value for two tickets) and a gallery guidebook (a $4.95 value) to The National Civil War Museum in Reservoir Park in Harrisburg (up to a $22.95 total value).

Perched near the highest point in Harrisburg and about 10 minutes from the state capital, The National Civil War Museum remains one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to undressing the wounds behind both sides of America's bloodiest war. Meander through the winding halls of history, perusing some 24,000 artifacts, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and other printed documents that paint literary portraits of politics and passions endured in back rooms and battlefields. Throughout the visit, history buffs can explore the war from both Union and Confederate viewpoints, along with military and civilian perspectives that resurrect the ghosts of the war in eerie ingenuity. In addition to displays of uniforms, firearms, and starry-night camp re-creations, inquisitive wanderers can engage the museum's newest interactive Lincoln exhibit, which reveals pressing answers to questions related to wartime legislation and facial-hair fashions of the day.


The Columbus Dispatch reviewed The National Civil War Museum. The Gypsy Journal, the Patriot-News, and the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable also featured the museum. TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes, five Yelpers give it a four-star average, and more than 3,800 Facebookers like it.

  • Visitors of all ages will find plenty to like in the 65,000-square-foot facility, whether they want to spend a day or an hour. – Steve Stephens, Columbus Dispatch
  • You will come away with a greater understanding of the conflict that divided our nation, and new compassion for the men and women caught in the middle. – Gypsy Journal

The National Civil War Museum

People tend to walk slowly through The National Civil War Museum—both out of respect for the fallen soldiers and sheer awe at how much there is to see. The institution strives to cover the events before, during, and after the war without bias to either the Union or Confederate cause.

  • Size: with 21,000 historic documents and 4,400 artifacts rotating in and out of exhibits on two floors, the museum recommends reserving 2 to 4 hours for a visit
  • Eye Catcher: Moment of Mercy—a statue outside the museum that depicts Richard Kirkland, a confederate sergeant who gave water to wounded Union troops
  • Permanent Mainstay: Weapons & Equipment, a collection of rifles and uniforms from both sides of the Mason Dixon
  • Temporary Exhibit: 1864—the first of four special exhibits to cover specific years of the war and part of the museum's lead up to the Civil War's 150th anniversary
  • Don't Miss: a giant, interactive video wall, where President Abraham Lincoln answers questions about anything except his hat
  • Leave Your Mark: descendants of Civil War veterans can purchase memorial bricks that add their relatives' names to the museum's Walk of Valor

Customer Reviews

This museum is the best fairly-presented story of our Civil War. It is neither pro-North nor pro-South. In retirement, we have been to several Civil War museums and battle sites and this is the very best. The building and displays are well organized, well lit, and give you the human side of the struggle. Parking is easy and the view from their front entrance, overlooking Harrisburg, is awesome. This treasure is seriously underutilized. The vending area is very limited, so don't plan to eat lunch there, but the shop is very good. We will return when time permits. There is a lot to take in.
Sue A. · 4 days ago
It was a great place to visit.
Menita P. · January 6, 2017
This is a amazing museum! It includes uniforms, battle stories, both sides of the conflict, an excellent collection of firearms, and a video story that runs throughout the museum that shows the personal side to the conflict. It's a great place to learn, but not stuffy or boring. We really enjoyed it. Whether you are a civil war history buff or not, it is a reasonably-priced, Interesting place to spend a couple hours.
Sheree M. · December 24, 2016
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    1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17103

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