1. Oct
    Thursday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    The Letterman Award was established to celebrate MAJ Jonathan Letterman’s work as Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac.  In honor of his visionary work, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine has established the annual Letterman Award to recognize an individual or entity that has made an outstanding contribution to improving medical processes and patient outcomes. This is a ticketed event that requires pre-registration.For more information, please contact April Dietrich at or call 301-695-1864, ext. 1009Click Here Register Now

  2. Oct
    Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


    The Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host a class taught by expert dutch oven cooks, Meredith Poffenberger, Jackie Greer, and Robert Stransky. Visitors will see first-hand the technique of cooking with dutch ovens, which were an integral part of both home and camp cooking during the Civil War Era. Visitors can observe the unique style of cooking with these traditional vessels, as well as their impressive versatility for preparing a wide range of food. Participants will then have the chance to taste the delicious cast-iron creations!

    Class Sessions will be at 10:00 AM and repeat at 2:00 PM. Each session is limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration is not required, but to ensure a space you may make a reservation by emailing or calling 301-695-1864 ex.1013.

    A Donation of $5 is suggested for attending this special class.

  3. Oct
    Friday: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


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    On Halloween Night, the NMCWM offers a special spooky night at the museum! Visitors will follow the lantern of their guide through the darkened galleries of the most haunted building in Frederick and hear first-hand ghostly encounters from the staff. The tour will illuminate the ghoulish side of the Civil War in a space that was used for over 100 years to embalm the dead of Frederick. The program will include scary stories that were told by soldiers during the Civil War. Interpreters along the way will recount the horrors of America’s deadliest war, from wounded men who glowed in the dark, to epidemics that claimed the lives of thousands of young men.


    The highlight of the tour will be the unveiling of a mummified human arm from the Battlefield of Antietam. We can only speculate on the tragic story of its former owner who gave his life in the fight for liberty. The NMCWM will share the findings of scientific and historical investigations by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Smithsonian Institute which were performed on this grisly relic.


    The after-hours tours of the museum begin at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Halloween, October 31, 2014. $15 per person; limited to 25 people per tour. Please call early as these tours will certainly sell out. Space is limited. Call 301-695-1864 to purchase tickets for these tours.

  4. Nov
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for an evening lecture. The meetings are free and open to the public, they occur on the third Thursday of the month. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at or visit
  5. Nov
    Thursday: Nov 27 (all day)

    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine & its affiliate sites will be

    closed today, Thursday, November 27th, 2014 in observation on Thanksgiving.

    The Museum will be open on Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 10:00am.

  6. Dec
    Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


    Before experiencing Antietam Battlefield’s annual Grand Illumination;  Visit the exhibits at Pry House and Thrashing Barn.  Walk the same halls as General McClellan and President Lincoln.  Experience the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam through the eyes of Civil War era living historians.Illumination gates open at 6pm at the entrance on Route 34. Pry Field Hospital closes for the season, today.

  7. Dec
    Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


    Come to the Pry House and see what the holiday traditions where during the time of the American Civil War.  Have some cookies, play games, drink hot drinks, see and make decorations, and sit and have a chat with our very own Civil War Santa.  

  8. Dec
    Saturday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Museums by Candelight


    The NMCWM is one of a dozen historical and cultural venues participating in this holiday celebration.  The Museum has extended hours and is open to the public for free. Living historians will be on-site portraying surgeons of the Union and Confederate Armies, talking about their life-saving work in the Civil War. Docents will be on hand to talk with visitors throughout the galleries and live musicians will be playing period Christmas and other Civil War Era tunes, Children can make 19th century crafts to take home and we may even have a visit from our Civil War Santa Claus!

  9. Dec
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for their Annual Christmas Party, refreshments will be served, please bring a snack or dessert to share. The meetings are free and open to the public, they occur on the third Thursday of the month. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at

  10. Dec
    Wednesday: Dec 24 – Dec 25 (all day)

    The Museum will be closed on Tuesday, December 24-25, 2014, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    The Museum will reopen on Friday, December 26, 2014 at 10am