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Address: 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
Phone Number: +1 717-334-6245
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg...

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining experience for families and tour groups of all ages. Learn what the Battle of Gettysburg meant to the people who lived here during the war.

Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town - freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil.

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It has great information on the history of the city before the battle, during, and after. 3D glasses to see some videos, accounts by the people of the town, various artifacts of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Latham ny
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Latham ny
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It has great information on the history of the city before the battle, during, and after. 3D glasses to see some videos, accounts by the people of the town, various artifacts of the time. You have got to go into cellar exhibit to get a real feel for what the people went through during the actual fighting.The ending movie was... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We got a Groupon for this museum. What a great place. Outstanding artifacts and very professional decor. It was not busy so the staff spent time talking to us. I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Gettysburg.

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Thank Bill V
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful museum. The movie at the end of the tour is so informative and really gave us a better understanding of the positions and locations of the battle. Well worth your time and money.

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Thank C_McG95
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum did an outstanding job showing what the town and the people of Gettyburg went through those days before, during, and after the battle. I really enjoyed the movies, the cellar experience, the witness trees exhibit and the Gettysburg Address exhibit as well. All of the employees were very kind and answered all of my questions. It was awesome... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Heritage Center with our daughters (ages 10 and 3). We went at 4pm (their last admission time) and had a blast. They are military friendly so my husband and I had free admission and it was $5 for our eldest. Both of our girls had a great time, the little one was a bit put off by... More 

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Thank Destiney F
High Point, North Carolina
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67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum and movie were very good. There were lots of things to see and we were there about an hour. Recommended.

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Thank CalDude2NC
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My fiance and I, along with his two sons (ages 8 and 12) visit the Heritage Center as often as possible. They love it! It is truly amazing how much they have learned from visiting the museum. Their favorite parts are the cellar experience, and the program that is shown at the end. Personally, I enjoy the video presentations the... More 

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Thank Tammy B
Huntsville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Heritage Center in Gettysburg over the Christmas break. The ladies there were SO helpful and knowledgeable. The story in the cellar was so realistic explaining what the people of Gettysburg saw and heard. My kids loved it and they understood more of what went on in 1863. Go there and see the movies and the items on... More 

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Thank Dawn L
Stephanie L, Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Stop back and see us again! More 

Oneonta, United States
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My children 7 and 10 generally do not like museums and this one was no exception, however, this museum allowed us to have conversations about the effect of the war on regular folk. I loved the exhibits about the townspeople and their stories of the war, as the other museum exhibits at the park do not go into this aspect... More 

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Thank Leigh Z
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! It sounds like overall you had a great experience! We value your feedback, and are taking a look at the cellar experience. We understand that people learn differently, and interest vary, especially with children. We try to offer a variety techniques to engage with our visitors. We are always changing and growing-be sure to stop... More 

Houma, Louisiana
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We learned of this place while exploring on Groupon before our Gettysburg visit. The museum is nice and the movie after is really good. Tells more of a story of the town before, during and after the war as opposed to centering attention on the war itself. Visiting here before the Battlefields is a good idea as the movie shows... More 

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Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! We've just started working with Groupon, and appreciate your feedback! Stop back and see us again! More 

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