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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 Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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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The old wax museum is gone ...

... and the Heritage museum is a wonderful replacement the 3 - D photos and the animated map truly put the average person in a good spot to understand just how the battle... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Christopher W
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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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Teaneck
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Museum still in the process of adding exhibits. Could use an update, but for the price (4.95) it was worth it for me - I wanted to see Lincolns Funeral Carriage! (on display until Aug). This is not the one that paraded on the streets of Washington (that burned in a fir) this one brought Lincoln from the house where... More 

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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This used to be a wax museum, but has changed its focus to the life of the Gettysburg people and the impact of the war on the area. We noticed a general refocusing of the history around Gettysburg to embrace the events leading up to the battle, and the devastating aftermath on the soldiers, commanders and the townspeople. Definitely worth... More 

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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The actual museum displays are well done, even the 3D effects on some of the photos. But the museum is very small and takes very little time to cover. We hung around until time for the film and really it is something you could skip. We walked into a darkened room which is 3 sided room with various manikins placed... More 

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

We’re sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit to the Heritage Center. Over the last 15 months, we’ve totally reinvented our programming with major renovations and investment. Our primary emphasis is on the town of Gettysburg - what it was like before during and after the battle. During the development stage, we acknowledged that different teaching methods resonate... More 

Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

... and the Heritage museum is a wonderful replacement the 3 - D photos and the animated map truly put the average person in a good spot to understand just how the battle unfolded and developed over those 3 awful days. Even for a old veteran of the fields such as myself if you have yet to visit - do... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to offer a review. We are happy to hear you had a great experience at the Heritage Center! The film at the end is produced by the Civil War Trust, and does give a great overview for visitors! And our book selection is always growing - so be sure to stop back again! More 

Cornwall on Hudson, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Brought back fond memories of the old wax museum but more educational and reverent; final film was very informative; excellent value

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

Thank you for your review! Our goal was to create an experience that was educational, and entertaining. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Stop back and see us again soon! More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
72 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Attractive, open space on the site of the former Civil War Wax Museum. Conveys the perspective of town residents during the battle, including interesting personalities and varied examples of battle casualties. Currently displays Lincoln's hearse, has 3-D photos to view. Limited signage limits experience somewhat at this time. End-of-museum movie is about the battle itself (not on the same theme)... More 

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Hilliard, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is directly across the street from the hotel we stayed at. It was very much well worth the $5 fee, if only for the 3d pictures. the theater show was ok. Let me reiterate the "stereoscopic" 3d pictures. I had forgotten this aspect of History, and it was a joy to rediscover. They sell 3d books as well.

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

Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the 3D photography. We wanted to tell the story of the town, but do it in a unique, engaging way. We felt 3D photography - how the pictures were intended to be viewed - was a great method. Thank you again for your kind words and feedback! More 

Guilford, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We visited here when it was the old Wax Museum and were pleasantly surprised with the new arrangement which focus's on the town of Gettysburg as well as the battle. Very open and informative with small films shown in various sections. We were there for about an hour and a half and enjoyed every minute! Well stocked and organized gift... More 

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

We are happy to hear you like the changes! We love to hear from visitors who have been coming for several years. Your feedback is very valuable! Thank you! More 

New York City, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My husband and I were celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary, and I'd never been to Gettysburg- my husband is a history buff, so it was perfect. We were actually looking for somewhere else when we saw the Heritage Center (formerly the wax museum). This was the one of the best museums on National histoy! The 3D photos were wonderful, and... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate hearing from our customers. We are glad we met your expectations! We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit! More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Amazing depiction of the battle at Gettysburg. The wax figures and 3d movies and pictures were what took the displays to the next level! The price of admission was less than my morning latte you have to stop here! Oh and browse the gift shop and check out the bacon and cheese crickets... Yes I said crickets.

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