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Gettysburg Heritage Center

297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
+1 717-334-6245
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Ranked #26 of 36 Attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Museums
Owner description: New for 2014! Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining experience for... more » Owner description: New for 2014! 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. Visit the new theater production, that discusses the three-day battle, using an new movie and wax figures that recreate Pickett's Charge! A great orientation to the battlefield! Make time to stop by an shop...Located in the lobby of the Heritage Center is one of Gettysburg's finest gift shops, offering an extensive selection of quality gifts: •Books •Collectibles •Apparel •Souvenirs •Educational Materials •Replica Weapons •Art •Home Decor •Games & Toys Coming soon....Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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. This is a multi-year project that will continue to grow and evolve. Thank you for your understanding while we undergo renovations! « less
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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The video needs some updating but the changes are very nice to this location. Still under renovations but you can tell this will be a great new additional to the area

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Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Upgrades to look of gift shop were very nice. Good selection of gift items as it always has been. Good start to the new museum portion especially the piece of the witness tree. Didn't have time for the 20 minute movie this year even though it is currently free. Cant wait for the finished product!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We walked around because it was free since there was nothing really to look at but you can watch the movie but we decided to skip it. You should skip it too if its under construction.

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

Thank you for your feedback. Over the past year, we have changed ownership, and are working to renovate our entire facility. We are still a work in progress in our exhibit area. The new exhibit space should be completed by early October. In light of the work we are doing, we have chosen to offer complimentary admission to all our... More

Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The museum was undergoing renovations while we were there. It is a very nice place to visit. I think the person who said the museum was "cheesy" must be confusing this place with some other museum. My wife, son, and I really enjoyed ourselves. The exhibits were informative and eye-pleasing. They have 3 different areas where 5 minute video presentations... More

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Brooklyn, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The inherent problem with a place like Gettysburg is that the longer something is a tourist attraction, the more likely it will be to, itself, become viewed as a historic site. Such was the case with the former National Civil War Wax Museum. It was, of course, cutting edge interactive by 1950s standards, and became a favorite place of mine... More

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ishpeming
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45 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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 Gettysburg Heritage Center, 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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40 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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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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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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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 Gettysburg Heritage Center, 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

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