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Soldier's National Museum

777 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-337-4890
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Ranked #34 of 36 attractions in Gettysburg
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: A former orphanage turned museum.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
62 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

With all of the museums in Gettysburg, there is always one that will disappoint a lot of people. This would be that place. The majority of the displays are toy soldiers representing various wars. There is a very nice walk through a Civil War era camp, and displays describing the major battles of the Civil War with toy soldiers set... More

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White Oak, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I don't know why everyone was so hostile towards this place. It wasn't the greatest museum in the world but it was informative enough. Plus it had a ton of neat toy soldiers as well to see and I thought it was very impressive.

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Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The relics at the beginning were really cool. I grew tired of standing outside of each little window. While the information was interesting, I soon became a little bored. I was super surprised to find a giant grasshopper was part of the civil war. I recommend cleaning out the dead bugs. I will bring my children next time. It was... More

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

The museum is interesting on more than one level. The building has been a private residence and an orphanage. It houses a very nice artifact collection from the battle, as well as a fascinating, and sad, history of its life as an orphanage (children who lost fathers in the Civil War).

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Sutton
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

It was well worth the admission price. A lot of artifacts to see and several audio dioramas. Nice little gift shop also available

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Rachel WV
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This was our fourth trip to Gettysburg. We went to the museum because Ghost Adventures had been there. There were some interesting artifacts and this is a self-guided tour. The person who was in charge was new and wasn't very informative. They didn't really point out where the orphanage was or how it was operated. Ghost Adventures made it more... More

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Kendall Park
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Although small, the museum had a lot to offer. It had artifacts from several different wars, dioramas of the civil war battles and a depiction of a typical soldier's campground prior to the start of the battle. At the end, you are given a peek into what was tghe Soldier's Orphanage and how poorly the children were treated by one... More

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Buffalo, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Just awful! Very poorly put together. It was just a maze of "stuff" thrown into several rooms. They are displaying replicas of artifacts. I just don't understand that. Why would you charge to see fake stuff!? I can duplicate the same experience by walking down the costume isle at Walmart during Halloween. The sad part is that they could actually... More

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

The museum contained several helmets that are linked to military personnel all over the world. It has several artifacts that have been dug up in the Gettysburg area. The coolest part was the collection of rifles and pistols used during the civil war era. If you are willing to pay 7.50 to see that then I recommend it.

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kingston, ny
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This was across the street from where we ate lunch, so we thought we would give it a try. It was awful! There was one display cabinet that had a few artifacts worth looking at, but the remainder consisted mostly of poorly done, dusty dioramas that were in disrepair. I should have checked the reviews first and saved my money.

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