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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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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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 Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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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Encampment with chance to shop

Store has a lot of items and prices are reasonable. An encampment was outside so itvwas nice to be a part of that and shop.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Store has a lot of items and prices are reasonable. An encampment was outside so itvwas nice to be a part of that and shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

You can see the fields by horse, Segway, carriage, bus or from your own car with a guide or on your own. You can even take an iPad tour or spend time with a Ranger. No matter how you take in the Gettysburg Battlefield, you will be inspired.

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Sigel, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The Heritage Center was directly across the street from our hotel. At first we where not going to stop in what a mistake that would have been. This place was TERRIFIC and I think my favorite part of our trip. Thus is a self guided tour. You can take as much or as little time as you need. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We went on our recent trip and you wont be disappointed!!! Excellent customer service and would highly recommend the museum. The movie was excellent and you learn a lot about how the local people handled the war back then. We even got too see Lincolns funeral cart. Would highly recommend a stop here when you visit the area. The staff... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a great museum. Reality of what it was like during and after the battle is done expertly. The experience in the "cellar" is truly worth experiencing!

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visited this museum on our second day in Gettysburg. We should have hit it on the first day. First, let me state that the employees were very friendly and helpful, answering many questions before we had to ask them. The museum is not large, but is interactive, informative and interestingly presented. The museum has some unique presentations, such as... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had come to visit Gettysburg and learn about the Civil War battles there. We had stopped at the Gettysburg Heritage Center to get our bearings and find out what was available. Everyone we spoke to was nice and helpful. It was a pleasure to get information, directions, and souvenirs. We saw the movie and went into the museum. The... More 

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Munnsville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My family and I were wowed by the vast collection of the heritage center. The movie showing the movement of the troops during the war was so informative.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I have to admit - I didn't want to like this museum. I have visited Gettysburg for 40 years and always looked forward to visiting the National and later American Civil War Wax Museum. When the wax museum closed I was very disappointed. Visiting this museum I made a conscious decision to not let that disappointment cloud my judgement of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

And it was fantastic. Less than $50 and we saw everything in the comfort of our own car. A definite must for the area if you want to tour at your own leisure in the comfort of your own car. It took us about three hours!

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