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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 #35 of 62 things to do in Gettysburg
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories. Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Hours:
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 Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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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Nottingham, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I cannot say how many times I have been here. I can tell you the customer service skills are up your alley of 100%

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I highly recommend a visit to the Heritage Center for anyone coming into Gettysburg or even for those who live here. I have lived in Gettysburg for 12 years and have driven past the center thousands of times, but never went in. My son and I went in last friday and got a tour. It was fabulous. The inside is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As a local, we highly recommend visiting the Heritage Center for its updated experience. Where the Visitor Center focuses on the Soldiers of the Civil War, the Heritage Center speaks about the residents of the town of Gettysburg. Best gift shop, too, and much cheaper than the Visitors Center. Rent the Ipad tour of the Battlefield while you are there.

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Biglerville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I took advantage of a free admission day for Adams Countians. I thought the center was very interesting coming from the town's point of view. I liked the 3D pictures and video (glasses provided). Tidbits of information were interesting and easily read. The center was spacious. The artifacts were nice. The show was updated and had nice graphics showing where... More 

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Harford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Since I had very good memories of the old Wax Museum, I was a bit leery of this new museum that has taken its place. I was very pleasantly surprised. This museum is well laid out, with impressive replica facades of some well-known buildings from around Gettysburg. Extremely well-produced video presentations brought the battle experience to life. Particularly impressive is... More 

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Littlestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Keep up the great work!!!The new museum is different from the normal wax museum.Best wishes to your future.I am local and a Civil War but!!!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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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
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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
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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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