Visit the NMCWM
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s primary location is 48 East Patrick Street in Frederick, MD. During the Civil War, Frederick, a busy crossroads on America’s first National Road and first railroad, was witness to three Confederate invasions, thirty-eight skirmishes and two major battles (South Mountain and Monocacy) as hundreds of thousands of Northern and Southern soldiers marched through the community. Frederick epitomized the tragedy, turmoil and sacrifice that attended four desperate years of fighting.
Today, Frederick continues to be a crossroads of the Civil War. Like the commanders of the great armies of the North and South, modern visitors can use Frederick as their “headquarters” as they explore the nearby battlefields. Each new visitor will discover a fascinating downtown neighborhood that has kept continuity with its Civil War past.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday
Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas
Regular Walk-in Admission Rates
Tours for groups of ten or more are available year-round. To inquire about a tour, please go to Book A Tour, complete and submit the form. We are happy to contact you, or call our Education Department at (301) 695-1864, ext. 17 for information.
How to Get There
I-70 from Baltimore:
I-70 from Hagerstown:
I-270 from Washington, D.C.:
Route 15 from Gettysburg:
Route 15/340 from Harpers Ferry and Leesburg:
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
How can I get more information on the Museum?
Please call the National Museum of Civil War Medicine at 301-695-1864 or e-mail Admin@civilwarmed.org with questions about the Museum and its satellite sites, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum and Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office.
Is there parking close to the Museum?
Public parking is available behind the Museum building in the Carroll Creek Parking Garage. The Patrick Street entrance to the garage is on the left, immediately past the Museum. $$$
Is there discounted admission?
The Museum offers discounted admission to seniors (60 and above), college students with valid I.D., active-duty military personnel and AAA members. Children under 10 are free.
How long does it take to go through the Museum?
Touring the National Museum of Civil War Medicine may take 45 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the level of your interest. NMCWM has two full floors of exhibits spanning the years 1861-1865. Please begin your tour by at least 4:00 p.m. in order to have enough time to go through the Museum. Be sure to include time to shop in the Museum Discovery Store, which is filled with over 250 books connected to Civil War medicine, logo and gift items.
Who can I talk to about a research question?
Terry Reimer, NMCWM Director of Research, will respond to written inquiries received by mail or e-mail. Complete our research request form or contact Terry at: Terry Reimer, NMCWM Director of Research, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, P.O. Box 470, Frederick, MD 21705 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a charge of $10 per hour of research.
How can I become a member?
You may purchase a membership on-line. Use the Support navigation bar for information on the levels of membership and corresponding benefits and how to become a member. You may also contact Audrey Vargason, Membership and Reservations Coordinator, at 301-695-1864, ext. 11, or e-mail Reservations@civilwarmed.org.
Where can we eat?
Historic downtown Frederick is filled with a showcase of culinary arts. Whether you’re in the mood for a home-style breakfast, a fast food lunch, afternoon tea, or a spectacular dinner, you’ll find it in the downtown area. Most restaurants are in close proximity to the Museum. For more information, please call the Tourism Council of Frederick County at 1-800-999-3613 or visit www.fredericktourism.org.
Where can we shop?
Historic downtown Frederick is filled with specialty shopping with more than 100 stores located on Market, Patrick and East Streets, specializing in a diverse array of goods including clothing, gifts, outdoor gear, toys, jewelry, chocolate, skateboards, furniture, fine home accessories, fresh-cut flowers, hosiery, imports and antiques. For more information, please call the Tourism Council of Frederick County at 1-800-999-3613 or visit www.fredericktourism.org.