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“Cheesy” 1 of 5 stars
Review of American Civil War Museum

American Civil War Museum
297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-334-6245
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Ranked #20 of 35 attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The American Civil War Museum presents the entire story of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Throughout five hallways of scenes, visitors complete a self-guided tour that covers the causes of the war and ends with President Lincoln's assassination. Following the tour, visitors enter the digitally enhanced Battleroom Auditorium. Amidst the sounds of battle, visitors witness a life-sized recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, concluding with an animatronics Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address.
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“Cheesy”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was a waste of time and money. The displays were really cheesy and unreal. This was a huge waste. Skip this one......

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Stephanie L, Manager at American Civil War Museum, responded to this review, 6 days ago
Are you sure you haven't confused us with another museum in Gettysburg since we are currently offering free admission until December 31, 2013?

We take all of our reviews very seriously, and I would like to address your review. Currently, we are working with Tripadvisor to update our listing. We are no longer the American Civil War Wax Museum. In August of 2013 we changed ownership, and with that have done a complete renovation of our facility. I'm not sure when you visited with us last, but the museum has been removed and is currently open with a new exhibit focusing on the town of Gettysburg and the civilians utilizing historical displays, artifact, 3-D programs and a new HD video by the Civil War Trust. Throughout 2014 we are offering complimentary admission while we complete some work, and to give visitors an opportunity to see the many changes and updates to the facility.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Kids loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We went here as part of our package thinking it was still the wax museum. They are changing it over and it will be fantastic!
We watched a 20 min video that perfectly explained the battle of Gettysburg in kid friendly terms them at kept them engaged the entire time. Absolutely awesome.

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“Changes to museum are fantastic... a MUST see !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The former wax museum was a nice display in its day however it had grown outdated and tired looking. My last 4 trips to Gettysburg I have skipped this museum.

Today I noticed that it had a FREE ADMISSION sign (due to it being under renovations) and it has a new sign out front that says "Heritage Museum".

We decided to check it out and we are glad we did! Although the renovations are not complete, you can get an idea of incredible it will be.

I have briefly browsed the previous reviews that seem to be negative toward the changes. Personally, I feel the changes are overdue and necessary. I cant wait to return next year to see the finished museum !

Visited July 2014
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“Was good, but no longer there!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was a great Wax Museum of the local Civil War Battle, but has been sold and converted to something else

Visited January 2014
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“Very good for the gift shop, heartbreaking that it was changed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

First and foremost - this is THE gift shop to visit when in Gettysburg. Great selection of books, shirts, and collectibles. With that out of the way - this was the site of an amazing wax museum, telling the story of the war in very well designed displays. However, the figures were auctioned off and the museum is being changed to show life at the time of the Civil War - which I believe is a shame as this was a great museum and one of the highlights of any trip to the town of Gettysburg.

Visited March 2014
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Stephanie L, Manager at American Civil War Museum, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your feedback. We pride ourselves in our gift store, and strive to have the best products, at good prices for our customers.

The decision to change the museum was one that took much time and planning. We worked with various groups, trying to determine what was the best direction to go, and what history needed to be told in Gettysburg. The response from visitors, schools, teachers, neighboring businesses, and many other groups was that the wax museum needed to be updated. During the process, we found that many visitors did not know about the town of Gettysburg and the people who lived here before, during and after the battle. There was a human interest story about the reality of war, and how the lives of the people living in Gettysburg were altered from that point on. Gettysburg was a robust town with higher education, gas lighting, the telegraphy, 8 churches, hotels, 3 newspapers, and a thriving business community. We want to tell the story from the perspective of the people who were here, and how life changed for them.

Renovations continue as we work on our new exhibit. Once it is done, I invite you back to see the changes we've made, and see the new museum.

Thank you!
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