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Gettysburg Heritage Center

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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
Description: 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 Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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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Lincoln's hearse is on display here. This is one of the better museums. Also had the best gift shop in town. Worth a stop!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Levittown, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Lincoln's hearse is on display here. This is one of the better museums. Also had the best gift shop in town. Worth a stop!!

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Durand, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

we have been visiting here since it was the wax museum we weren't sure if we'd like the change over to the heritage center. we were very happily surprised with what we saw! The center wasn't 100% completed last year when we were there, but what we did see was great! They also had a balloon ride outside the center(not... More 

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Was in Gettysburg 32 years ago, memory is a bit fuzzy but definitely remember enjoying the wax museum. Well this place USED to be the wax museum but it is now the heritage center; a look from a civilians perspective on the Civil War. The one positive thing is they don't totally rip you off (our family of 4 was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We thought this would be something new and cheap to do on a rainy day. It was actually a novel new twist on the Gettysburg story. It deals with the Gettysburg residents, the hospitals, and Abe Lincoln. They have photos made 3D that are eerie. Many cool displays including witness trees and Lincoln's actual hearse. The cellar was awesome and... More 

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South Berwick, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

My wife and I took the tour of the Gettysburg Heritage Center. It's self paced and we recommend you have a good hour, if not more to ensure you can enjoy the entire exhibit (of special interest was the exhibit on the cellar experience for civilians during the battle). It concludes with a 20 minute film which, by itself, is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This little museum did a good job of turning itself around from the kitschy wax museum it once was. Although wax figures are still used throughout, it is definitely a different vibe and well thought out and meaningful. I very much enjoyed the focus on the town and its people. This really made me stop and think. I say you've... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The dictionary defines Heritage as a country's or area's history and historical buildings and sites that are considered to be of interest and value to present generations. While the new look of the Heritage Center lobby is refreshing, I think they felt short in the education of the life of town and it's people before and after the battle. Some... More 

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Grand Haven, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is very well done and is a must for history buffs. Do not skip the wine cellar as the battle re-enactment is so realistic and makes one feel as though the battle is going on about you. There are many interactive displays to enjoy and the hearse that is reputed to have been the actual one used for President... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Interesting film, displays, gift shop - fun interactive programs- interesting perspective of Gettysburg citizens from the war era

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Did not go into the museum but their bookstore had books I could find nowhere else. The best supply of Civil War books in Gettysburg and that says a lot because over hundreds of placed have books in Gettysburg

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Additional Information about Gettysburg Heritage Center

Address: Address: 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
Phone Number: +1 717-334-6245
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Gettysburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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