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Cumberland County Historical Society

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Address: 21 N. Pitt St., Carlisle, PA 17013
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+1 717-249-7610
16:00 - 20:00
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Mon 16:00 - 20:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 14:00

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A Historic Resource

The term "county history" evokes for some a museum-full of dusty mannequins and farmers' barbed wire collections. That's not always - or even often - true, and Cumberland County... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lander, Wyoming
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Lander, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The term "county history" evokes for some a museum-full of dusty mannequins and farmers' barbed wire collections. That's not always - or even often - true, and Cumberland County Historical Society is an example of how good these facilities can be. We came particularly to look at the exhibits and archival materials on the Carlisle Indian School, which brought Indian... More 

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an odd place - a combination gift shop, mini-museum and tourist info hub. The gift shop portion is over-priced, but not too tacky, and the museum has a few interesting items, but where this place really excels is in the back where you can get maps showing all the local points of interest and brochures for every attraction... More 

Thank Peter C
Pickering, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Nice place today know American History especially in relation to Pennsylvania. Good place to know what happened here in American War for Independence.

Thank fazlemobeen
Camp Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Nice space to view and study local history. I especially like their gift shop on High Street. It carries books, art, gifts, etc.

Thank Courthouse067
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped by Carlisle on our way home to Pittsburgh from Gettysburg and visited the Museum section of the History Center located on the second floor. We were thoughly impressed with the extensive displays featuring a local items ranging from the 1720's to the 1960's. The collection is fascinating and beautifully organized. I was particularly taken with the display of... More 

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Dulles, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Beautiful collections, so well organized, outstanding volunteer staff. So very glad we stopped by....do hope to do so again before too long.

Thank deavers
Eastern PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Visit this place! It has great history of Jim Thorpe, the local area, the Carlisle Indian School and so much more. You will need 2 hours to see and hear most of it. The docents are EXCELLENT. They even give you directions to other places in the area.

Thank TheMoyers
The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Mrs. Fidler welcomed our party with great enthusiasm and proceeded to provide a narrated, guided tour of this wonderful spot. Later, Dr. Boardman, guided a look at the newly opened Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul exhibit.

Thank johnfjohnston
Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We loved this museum. It was as good as any of the 100s we have visited across America. We are the members of the 60s generation so we loved, loved, loved their current main exhibit. The museum and library are free. The volunteers were very informative.

Thank Bob19512014
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Lovely displays and knowledgeable volunteers. Of course, the whole history of the Carlisle Indian School is a magnificent look at an important part of American History in the saga of Native Americans.

1 Thank ellen j

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