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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville

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Occupying the grounds of the notorious Camp Sumter, a primary Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum memorializes the horrific conditions of the soldiers held here. Perhaps one of the most inhumane prisons of the Civil War, the complex saw 13,000 of the 45,000 prisoners who passed through its gates die of disease, malnutrition, or dehydration. You can visit the site--home to monuments, a cemetery, and an outline of the prison grounds themselves--via a self-guided driving tour of the area. Be sure to stop by the museum to see exhibits and displays paying tribute to and detailing the lives, experiences, and survival of U.S. prisoners of war throughout history. You can plan Andersonville trip in no time by asking Klarna Trips to help create your itinerary.
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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum reviews

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  • We’ll done intense and somber look at POW treatment- or lack of- and history of Andersonville civil war prison. Museum has informative displays including a look at the families of POWs. Who ever... 
    We’ll done intense and somber look at POW treatment- or lack of- and history of Andersonville civil war prison. Museum has informative displays including a look at the families of POWs. Who ever...  more »
  • As might be expected, it is sobering to spend the time going through the exhibits here. They do a nice job covering multiple wars/conflicts over the decades, yet the inhumanity of the POW treatment.....  more
    As might be expected, it is sobering to spend the time going through the exhibits here. They do a nice job covering multiple wars/conflicts over the decades, yet the inhumanity of the POW treatment.....  more »
  • Going here has been on my Husband's bucket list for some years now. He's a Civil War, history major. We just got back, they have done a great job for with the museum. Not such a great job of the site....  more
    Going here has been on my Husband's bucket list for some years now. He's a Civil War, history major. We just got back, they have done a great job for with the museum. Not such a great job of the site....  more »
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  • I absolutely love Andersonville. It is one of my favorite places to visit. The first time I visited the site it was described to me as “solemn entertainment” and that’s exactly what it is. The horror of what happened here is something that everyone needs to witness. The POW museum is very intense, so be prepared for that. If you’re planning to take children, I would prep them for the seriousness of the site. Also, I highly, HIGHLY recommend watching the movie Andersonville before visiting the site. I think it puts more perspective on what you’re looking at and helps you have a more meaningful experience. The site is very well kept. It’s also a pretty big site to walk around. I would plan to visit the museum first then drive through the cemetery and site. It took me about 2 hours to do the whole site. Please take the time to stop here! It is well worth the visit (and it’s free!!)
  • Great little piece of American history. More than just a prison, also has a POW museum and a cemetery. Watch the movie "Andersonville", then come here and let that really hit home. Great way to spend a couple of hours or even the day.
  • Plan on taking a 3 or 4 hours to experience this place. The national POW museum is very detailed and intense in the amount of information and the topics covered. Very good museum overall. Then there’s the site of the prison itself and the drive around it. Several places to stop and view the grounds and monuments. And lastly the national military cemetery. This is an amazing place to visit and I think you could come several times and still not take it all in.
  • I have always wanted to visit Andersonville but don't get to Georgia much. I tried to see it in January 2019 during the Government shutdown; but it was closed. Finally got to Georgia and drive thru the Camp and Cemetery in April 2022. It's an amazing place! The grounds are amazing and the layout of the camp it easily understood! The POW museum and visitor center is truly spectacular and humbling. Here area few photos!
  • Amazing to see the very small area that thousands of Union troops were held. The museum is great with exhibits and videos throughout talking about POW's. National cemetery was something to see as well. Worth the trip!

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