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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 Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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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Fantastic Remodel

We have been going to this place for the past 10 years and last year it was sold. It was originally a wax museum and had been so for many years. We have taken many family and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We have been going to this place for the past 10 years and last year it was sold. It was originally a wax museum and had been so for many years. We have taken many family and friends there over the years and after going through it today we can say we will be taking them all back through this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This place has some unique memorabilia from the civil war plus a huge variety of souvenirs for adults and kids. We bought t-shirts, hats, flags, civil war paper money, books and a special watch. Their prices are more reasonable than the visitor center and most stores in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

My wife, one-year-old daughter and I visited the Heritage Center on a Saturday morning and loved everything about our visit! We did the tour and found it to be very informative. I'm more of a history nerd than she is but she was more engaged than I was. The sets are really cool and quite lifelike and the movies throughout... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This was my first stop in Gettysburg, as soon as I got here, and I came in June of 2014 expecting the American Civil War Wax Museum, and found its closed and this new museum had sort of opened up. When I went in, there was a gift shop and a movie ready, while the Heritage Center was under construction.... More 

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Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This use to be the Wax Museum, but the renovations to it are outstanding. We visited it and both couples made purchases.

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Informative, very interesting and great staff. We were blessed to visit at a time that President Lincoln's carriage was there. Loved the museum.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a must if you want to understand the battle of Gettysburg. Please take your kids because Gettysburg Heritage Center is a fun attraction.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Gift shop has LOTS of civil war related books and other items. Newley renovated museum was better than I expected, it has lots of really interesting items. Very nice staff!

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Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Absolutely Amazing, and very well done. My family and I went here to visit the gift shop and to also see the new museum. Some images and videos are in 3D, you can see if your ancestors fought in the bloodiest battle (and mine were-- Impressive!), and the hospitality was absolutely unbelievably awesome. Sherry helped us a lot while we... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This used to be the Wax Museum. They still have some of them that you get to see after watching a short movie. Was informative and reasonable priced.

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