Why Donate?

The National Civil War Museum is a private 501c(3) private nonprofit. We rely on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and government funding to sustain our mission of preservation and education. Your tax-deductible contribution is spread across every aspect of the continuing programs, artifact preservation, and upkeep of our exhibits and galleries.

In 2018-19 your contributions supported so many aspects of The National Civil War Museum!

In 2018-19 we hosted over 42,000 visitors from 74 different schools and 55 group programs. Visitors from every state in the U.S. and 30 different countries strolled our galleries and took part in our programs. Bringing our total visitation to over 925,000 since 2001.

Our annual membership has risen by nearly 24% this year. Because many of you invested in a museum that you love with a collection that you have chosen to preserve. Our members make up our volunteer base. Our 27 volunteers and interns contributed 2,936 hours of their time as docents, archivists and at events which translates to $72,490 in in-kind contributions.

Each year the National Civil War Museum hosts two Community Free Days, Saturday, February 15, 2020, and Saturday, June 13, 2020. Both events are loaded with living history, storytelling, demonstrations, and activities that engage the entire family. Sponsored by local businesses these days open the museum, free of charge to the greater Harrisburg community and to visitors from across the country. Our programs are designed to provide a well rounded and far-reaching insight into one of the most divisive times in our Nation's history. Two rotating temporary exhibits take a deeper dive into specific war-related topics. And our FREE once-monthly speaker series Lessons in History allows us to bring authors and historians to you to share their insights into the greater story of the American Civil War.

Our collection of nearly 30,000 artifacts, photographs, letters, uniforms, weapons, maps, and archival pieces are entrusted to us by our donors. We have been charged with keeping them safe for posterity while researching the stories behind them.  Telling the stories of people and places that made history is a costly undertaking. The art of preservation requires us to store these items safely, restore them for display, when possible, and research and tell their stories for all of our visitors.

None of this would be possible without your generous support.

You can support The National Civil War Museum with a contribution to our annual Preserve Our History Campaign, with an annual membership, corporate sponsorship, placing a memorial brick or by attending our Annual Blue & Gray Gala, September 24, 2020.