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American Civil War Museum

297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-334-6245
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Ranked #20 of 35 attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Museums
Owner description: The American Civil War Museum presents the entire story of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Throughout five hallways of scenes, visitors... more » Owner description: The American Civil War Museum presents the entire story of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Throughout five hallways of scenes, visitors complete a self-guided tour that covers the causes of the war and ends with President Lincoln's assassination. Following the tour, visitors enter the digitally enhanced Battleroom Auditorium. Amidst the sounds of battle, visitors witness a life-sized recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, concluding with an animatronics Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. « less
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ishpeming
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117 reviews 117 reviews
43 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was a waste of time and money. The displays were really cheesy and unreal. This was a huge waste. Skip this one......

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Stephanie L, Manager at American Civil War Museum, responded to this review

Are you sure you haven't confused us with another museum in Gettysburg since we are currently offering free admission until December 31, 2013? We take all of our reviews very seriously, and I would like to address your review. Currently, we are working with Tripadvisor to update our listing. We are no longer the American Civil War Wax Museum. In... More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went here as part of our package thinking it was still the wax museum. They are changing it over and it will be fantastic! We watched a 20 min video that perfectly explained the battle of Gettysburg in kid friendly terms them at kept them engaged the entire time. Absolutely awesome.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The former wax museum was a nice display in its day however it had grown outdated and tired looking. My last 4 trips to Gettysburg I have skipped this museum. Today I noticed that it had a FREE ADMISSION sign (due to it being under renovations) and it has a new sign out front that says "Heritage Museum". We decided... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was a great Wax Museum of the local Civil War Battle, but has been sold and converted to something else

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
64 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

First and foremost - this is THE gift shop to visit when in Gettysburg. Great selection of books, shirts, and collectibles. With that out of the way - this was the site of an amazing wax museum, telling the story of the war in very well designed displays. However, the figures were auctioned off and the museum is being changed... More

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Stephanie L, Manager at American Civil War Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We pride ourselves in our gift store, and strive to have the best products, at good prices for our customers. The decision to change the museum was one that took much time and planning. We worked with various groups, trying to determine what was the best direction to go, and what history needed to be... More

Garden City, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is THE place if you are searching for the Penn Cable Network Gettysburg Battlefield Guide's filmed Battlewalks. I was in my glory when I entered this store and found over 50 titles. I could watch the Park Rangers talk about the battle over and over again, so I buy a few DVDs every time I go. Only place in... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We rented the iPad tour at the old wax museum, and had it set for 4 hours. It is very informative and since we had the grandson her learned a lot more than we could =have told him at every location on the 17 stop auto tour

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This was a very interesting place to stop. Our family enjoyed it here. A lot of very awesome artifacts here.

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Meriden, Connecticut
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I am VERY DISAPPOINTED the new owners are selling off the figures and changing it. I went to see the old figures,etc. and show my kids. Now it's gone.

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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
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112 reviews 112 reviews
37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I went here when I was in middle elementary school and just now went back 15+ years later and not much has changed. It is still a great museum with a lot of history. I definitely recommend seeing this if you are in the area.

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