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Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center

1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-338-1243
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Ranked #5 of 34 attractions in Gettysburg
Owner description: To commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg, begin your visit at the official Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The Museum and... more » Owner description: To commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg, begin your visit at the official Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The Museum and Visitor Center features the breathtaking Cyclorama Painting created in 1890 depicting the fury of Pickett's Charge, the film "A New Birth of Freedom" and the extensive Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil war. Purchase tickets prior to your arrival online and reserve a battlefield guide licensed through the National Park Service. « less
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We planned our trip to coincide with Spring Break for the 7 year old grandson, and apparently, so did everyone else! We had to park in the overflow parking area, which is quite an uphill hike. Getting there at peak hour for visitors was a mistake, but we didn't really have to wait long in the line, which moved efficiently.... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum and a wonderful place to start your visit to Gettysburg. The museum itself is very new and they did a great job of organizing the exhibits and the flow of foot traffic. The film and cyclorama are great! I've never seen anything like the cyclorama before - it was really cool! I learned a lot... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Begin your Battle of Gettysburg experience at the Museum and Visitor's Center. Even for the well-versed Civil War historian, the information, layout, artifacts and activities housed within the center are fantastic. Take your time, read, listen - immerse yourself in the history as you stroll through the museum. It is well worth 2-3 hours to really prepare yourself for the... More

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Clinton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

They really did a great job with this totally new museum. The cyclorama connects with the diorama and makes it seem very real. The movie is very well done and moving. The museum is very well done and if you wanted to, can take a long time to digest. Everything leaves from here, tours, auto tours etc. This is the... More

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Chesapeake Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Need to stop here to get info about the battlefield. They have a small section you can walk through that is free otherwise you have to purchase tickets to see the movie, museum, etc. (not that much $). Overall, worth the stop.

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Madison, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I did not know anything about what was at the visitor center and decided to watch the movie and see the cyclorama. Wow that was a pleasant surprise. You can't help but be moved watching the movie. I learned so much is a very short time.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We could have spent all day here. There is a great deal to experience. The food in the cafeteria is just so-so, though.

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A must see before you start doing anything else in Gettysburg. The exhibits are wonderful and very informative. The Cyclorama is amazing. The movie and the all the exhibits at the Center are done very well. Even the gift shop has a lot to offer and the prices are very reasonable.

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Cleveland, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

the museum had plenty of artifacts, we enjoyed the cyclorama, along with the brief film. We did the package for $13 and well worth it. The history is so much more appreciated when you come to these historical areas as an adults verse when we were kids.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We did it all: movie, cyclorama, museum, gift shop. We visited with a 5th grader who had very limited knowledge (our son) and the center really did an excellent job of setting him up for what he would be seeing, put him in the right frame of mind historically and emotionally for what we would see and imagine on each... More

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