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Giving to The National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit educational institution that relies on the generous support of individuals, grants, foundations, and corporations. The Museum does not currently receive any line item funding directly from the county, city, state, or federal government.
Making your gift to The National Civil War Museum is a great way you can support our educational, research, and curatorial missions. There are a variety of ways you can help.

Make an unrestricted one-time gift!

Your unrestricted gift supports the Museum's exhibit development, archival upgrades, educational presentations, and much more. You will be recognized on our website and in a quarterly e-newsletter.



Join The Lincoln Circle!     

How much does it cost to operate a 65,000-square-foot world-class museum? Provide operating support to a staff with over 175 combined years of experience? Keep the monthly speaker series free of charge? Preserve over 35,000 artifacts, archival documents, uniforms, and photographs? We estimate about $3,500 per day.

A gift of $20 per month will keep the lights on and the exhibits working - $200 per day

A gift of $10 per month will keep our speaker series FREE, and provide funds for school and group programs and living history - $125 per day

A gift of $15 per month will allow us to Curate artifacts and purchase the materials needed for preservation - $147 per day

A gift of $10 per month keeps our building neat and clean and provides fresh water and facilities for daily use - $100 per day

A gift of  $5  per month allows us to maintain optimum temperatures and humidity levels for people and artifacts - $60 per day

A gift of $5 per month keeps our telephones and computers working - $60 per day

By joining The Lincoln Circle, you invest in the day-to-day work that we do to make our collection accessible, educational and fun. Please join and complete the circle of giving.

Questions? Mary Beth is here to help. Call 717-260-1861 ext.1108 or email

With a monthly recurring gift of $25 or more, you'll receive a complimentary membership.

Click Here and enter your MONTHLY gift amount, debit, or credit card is required.

If you'd prefer, you may Lincoln Circle Donor Form 2023 for a printable version that can be mailed to Mary Beth Kerekes, The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park Harrisburg, PA 17103


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Would you like to help us keep Old Glory flying over The National Civil War Museum? For 20 years, the Stars and Stripes have flown in Reservoir Park in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the home of The National Civil War Museum. The 20 by 38-foot flags are visually prominent from anywhere in the city. Our flag flies not only to mark the significance of the American Civil War, but also to honor those who gave their lives in this pivotal time in our history.

Depending upon weather conditions, these nearly $1,400 flags are replaced six times per year. When possible flags are repaired, however the cost to maintain and replace the flags exceeds $7,000 annually. Help us to keep our flags flying!

Click HERE to donate to our Flag Fund

Membership - Become a member today and receive many exciting benefits, such as free admission for a year, access to our member-only Behind the Scenes Museum tours, subscription to our quarterly e-newsletter, and much more! Visit our membership page for more details.

Memorial Brick Program - Honor your Civil War ancestor in our Walk of Valor or a friend, special event or veteran of another war (the possibilities are endless!) in our Friends Walkway.

For Companies:

Become a Museum Partner As an individual or business you can support many of the programs that fulfill our mission of education and preservation. For as little as $500 you can become a Museum Partner. Visit the Partner tab to view a complete list of program opportunities and current supporters.

We are grateful for the support of Gannett Fleming! Gannett Fleming has graciously provided the necessary support to upgrade our Meet Mr. Lincoln exhibit, our popular interactive display that allows visitors to question Abraham Lincoln and other prominent historical figures from the American Civil War, including Frederick Douglass and Mary Todd Lincoln. We are grateful for your support and thank you!


* Workplace Giving - Empower your employees by offering a choice of non-profits they can support through workplace giving.

* Bequests are an easy way to support the Museum's future by providing a gift in your will. Sample language: "I give, devise and bequeath _______________ (insert dollar amount or item of property to be       donated) to The National Civil War Museum, a nonprofit corporation as described in section 170 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code."

Matching gift programs are an easy way to increase your donation through your company. Check with your personnel office to find out if they offer matching gifts.

* Tribute Gifts make a gift in memory/honor of a loved one or special event. The honoree or their loved ones will be notified of your gift.

Please contact Mary Beth for more details or to make your gift today! Phone: 717-260-1861


The official registration and financial information of The National Civil War Museum may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.