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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 - 5:00 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 Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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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Great Store for Souvenirs

We didn't go through the presentation here, but we came back and got most of our souvenirs here. They were of better quality and priced better.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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LaVale, Maryland
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LaVale, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We didn't go through the presentation here, but we came back and got most of our souvenirs here. They were of better quality and priced better.

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This was actually horrible. Many years growing up it was a hot place to visit. Now they shorted the tour by video's. Nothing like the past when it was more entertaining. Not worth the price. No wonder that it was so empty for a Saturday.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We used to visit here when this was the wax museum. I was impressed with the changes. The cellar experience was interesting. It felt like you were really there in 1863. It might scare young children though.

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Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

From the "cellar experience" to the many 3D exhibits, to the film which is great in showing clearly the ebb and flow of the battle and how the outcome could have gone either way! Great Teaching tool, I bought the DVD!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

(Visited August of 2013) By far the HIGHLIGHT of our trip to the city! A beautiful building with many kind staff members and volunteers on site. We had visited during the reenactment week and were not disappointed. Sure there were crowds, but it didn't make the visit ANY less enjoyable!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Brilliant place to visit I have been to Gettysburg two times I think this must be a new building since my first visit, but they have many things intersting to see, would recommend a visit

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Laurel, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Fascinating perspective on the battle and a unique presentation using 3-D versions of historical photographs. Really brought the horrific effects of war home in a very personal way. This new museum is a fantastic addition to Gettysburg and will deepen anyone's understanding of the broader effects of the battle on the civilian population and the nation. They've done a great... More 

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maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

What a transformation in this place! Have visited before and enjoyed it but what a great idea to tell the story of the people in the town! The residents lives were forever changed, things they took for granted in town no longer existed, the courage and determination to rebuild was tremendous! I would recommend this place as I did before,... More 

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Montague, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Going through the house had some interesting things to see. Outside was more interesting, there were tents from the civil war era up with different ways of living. The women we talked to were very good at what they did.

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Hamburg, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Wonderful look to the displays to bring you back in time. The basement display made a unique statement. Always enjoy watching the educational film. Unique gift shop as well. AAA discount on tickets. Was saddened that they did not offer a Friends of Gettysburg or Gettysburg Past & Present organization discount.

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Additional Information about Gettysburg Heritage Center

Address: 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
Phone Number: +1 717-334-6245
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Gettysburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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