Civil War Days


Explore Civil War history through public programs, exhibits and activities.

The National Army Museum Civil War Days begin with a panel discussion Thursday evening featuring professionals from Lincoln historic sites. Friday offers an all-day symposium with acclaimed historians and educators who explore how Lincoln exercised his role as commander in chief and transformed the presidency during the Civil War. On Saturday, bring your friends and family to participate in hands-on education and living history activities with representatives from local historic sites.

The Museum’s Preserving the Nation Gallery provides visitors an opportunity to explore the Civil War through artifacts, Soldier stories, and a theater experience.

These activities are free and open to all visitors — some programs require advance registration and are offered both in-person and virtually. See program descriptions for details.

Schedule of Events



Thursday, April 13, 2023

7-8 p.m.: That the Nation Might Live: Lincoln and the Civil War, a panel discussion with speakers from historic sites and museums. 

Learn more and begin your free registration here. 



Friday, April 14, 2023

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Civil War Symposium: President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (In-Person and Virtual) 

Learn more and begin your free registration here. 



Saturday, April 15, 2023

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Civil War Living History and Hands-On Education Activities (In-Person) 

Historical interpreters share stories about the Civil War Soldier experience and invite visitors to take a closer look at their uniforms, equipment and weapons. Local Civil War historic sites and museums offer hands-on activities such as Soldier communication signals, Morse code and battlefield medicine. Scheduled to attend are representatives from: Bristoe Station Battlefield, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park, Historic Endview, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Reserve free Museum tickets here.