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Gettysburg Heritage Center

Address: 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
Phone Number: +1 717-334-6245
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Ranked #18 of 30 Attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Museums
Owner description: Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories. Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park...
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Type: Museums
Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: 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 Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This diorama in the Heritage center is a free gem which you can see at anytime in your visit to give you an overview of the entire battle. The set-up was so life like that I thought part of the diorama were actually people watching it.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited the Heritage Center this past Friday, December 5th. I should note that the admission was free due to the renovations the building is currently undergoing. Inside, it looks very open & clean despite the construction. The front desk staff was very helpful & gave us a full update on the changes they're making. I was very impressed by... More 

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New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The new Gettysburg Heritage Center offers an exciting new experience for visitors. The use of 3D photos and themed realistic.scenes makes for an informative and entertaining visit,,focusing on Gettysburg before, during, and after the battle. Even better is the preservation of the iconic final wax figure battle theater scene - with a new well-done Gettysburg movie - from its old... More 

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Staten Island, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The Gettysburg Heritage Center is the former Wax Museum, the museum has being renovated and now focuses on the town as the primary source with the battle as the backdrop. There is a very good film on the battle as well as some other interactive media exhibits, some of them in 3D. They have the actual hearse that transported President... More 

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Brandon, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

This Center provides a somewhat different perspective than the Military Park, although the story told is much the same. Here, one sees photos in 3D and learns of the experiences of the townspeople. Horrendous! The Center was not officially open, so not all the exhibits were complete or installed. The selection of books, especially for research -- or if you... More 

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Stratford, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We visited during construction but got a preview of what is to come and we will def. be going back to see it finished. Seeing the photos in 3-D was amazing! The 1/2 hour movie was a great way to get a basic understanding of all the location of the battles. My kids really liked the wax figures in front... More 

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Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania
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19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The sales floor is really nice. They have a very large selection of books. Cannot wait till they finish their remodel.

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Windsor Mill, MD
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This museum has the potential of becoming a place that visitors may enjoy. The video is informative and much can be learned. There are some exhibits that are under construction and for that reason, we were allowed to enter free of cost. It is really "rustic" because there is much to be done. The floors, seating, and walls need to... More 

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Emlenton, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We look forward to this museum when it is completed. According to my research it was to be open when we arrived. When we got there, we were permitted to walk through free of charge, but the museum was not even close to being completed yet. Unfortunately, their timeline for completion was obviously not met.

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

Thank you for your feedback. We apologize that you were unable to experience the completed museum. We had hoped to have phase I of our process completed by late summer, however, as with most construction time-lines, the completion date has been pushed back to early November. In light of the ongoing construction, we have been, and continue to offer complimentary... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I have done the cd auto tour on previous visits to the battlefield. I wanted to try their ipad tour. Well for the $32+ it cost it is not worth it and very flawed. First they do not give you a car charger. The ipad is fully charged when you get it and they say it should take between 4... More 

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