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Gettysburg Museum of History

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Address: 219 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone Number: (717) 337-2035
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Museum that was featured on History's "American Picker's" The...

The Museum that was featured on History's "American Picker's" The Gettysburg Museum Of History has over 4,000 artifacts on display. The Museum is FREE TO THE PUBLIC! The Museum covers all areas of American History. Military and Political History are the focus with some pop culture covered. Some highlights include: A lock of George and Martha Washington's hair, Abraham Lincoln's wallet and opera glasses,John Wilkes Booth's splint relic, the largest collection of Gettysburg battlefield relics on display in Gettysburg, an autograph or manuscript from each president, Harry Truman's hat, Dwight D. Eisenhower's golf clubs, JFK's rocking chair, suit, and bloodstained limousine upholstery from the assassination, the flag that flew during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Shell casing from Ruby's gun that Killed Oswald, Hitler's silver that was captured by U.S. forces at his home. The Fredrick G. Pfeffer collection of relics from Pickett's Charge. The Robert L. White collection of JFK, The Captain Good collection (wounded in action at Gettysburg) includes the items he used during the battle and the bullet that wounded him! Uniforms,flags, accoutrements, weapons, documents, photos, much much more!The Gettysburg Museum Of History also buys artifacts as well as sells them. Please stop by and see the most amazing collection in Gettysburg at no charge!

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Way better then the NPS museum

This is a privately owned museum but let me tell youbthat this place is better then what the National Park in Gettysburg has to offer. Admission is free but I would recommend a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Normally, I find, the words "free' and "museum" in the same sentence is a good reason to walk quickly by. I stopped on spec at this one in Baltimore St - I had not previously heard about it - and was very pleased that I did. The collection is eclectic. It is certainly one for those interested in military history,... More 

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Museum runs on donations and it is jam packed with things to look at. Lots of hair from famous people - that was ... strange :) and even photos of John Wilkes Booth after he died and had a toe tag on. The curator seems like a nice guy and we were really glad we stopped in to check... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a privately owned museum but let me tell youbthat this place is better then what the National Park in Gettysburg has to offer. Admission is free but I would recommend a small donation since it is well kept. When it comes to relics from the Civil War this place is loaded with them and even has a few... More 

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PA
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261 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Weird, odd, not worth a special trip for this. Ok to pass some time at. An oddball collection of war stuff. Not really civil war stuff

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Don't let the small size of this Museum fool you. I read the reviews before I went so I wasn't surprised when I saw how small it looked from outside (and even inside). But the number of artifacts this Museum has is mind blowing. And the fact that it is free, is great. There are 5 small rooms (I think)... More 

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Patchogue, New York
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Please note: the "attraction information" here on TripAdvisor does not apply to this site, it's for the NPS visitor center. We stopped in while waiting for a tour at a nearby site. Great collection of artifacts from Civil War to 9/11. Worth a visit.

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

I'm not sure WHY I never stopped here before. My husband I came through on our couples weekend away on a Friday. The museum while small has lots of interesting peices including the civil war and when Hitler was on his ego trip. Every piece of history is worth looking through and it is free with a donation accepted but... More 

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Suffern, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Although the space is limited, every square inch is covered in facts, artifacts, pictures, and uniforms, ranging from the Civil War to at least JFK. My opinion is, though, that the multitude of "As seen on TV" signs really detract from the serious history, and make it seem like they feel like they need to toot their own horn, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

While visiting Gettysburg, this is definitely the one museum you need to visit. An unbelievable collection. And not just on the Civil War. Expect to easily spend a couple of hours there.

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is museum is well worth seeing. We spent several hours at the museum / cemetery and could have spent much more time looking through the exhibits.

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