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“Great depiction of all the battles” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gettysburg Heritage Center

Gettysburg Heritage Center
297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
+1 717-334-6245
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Ranked #20 of 30 Attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Museums
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Owner description: 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 Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great depiction of all the battles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This diorama in the Heritage center is a free gem which you can see at anytime in your visit to give you an overview of the entire battle. The set-up was so life like that I thought part of the diorama were actually people watching it.

Visited November 2014
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“Making History Hands on”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited the Heritage Center this past Friday, December 5th. I should note that the admission was free due to the renovations the building is currently undergoing. Inside, it looks very open & clean despite the construction. The front desk staff was very helpful & gave us a full update on the changes they're making. I was very impressed by their professionalism and passion on the subject of Gettysburg, the battle, and the citizens of the town.
They went to careful lengths to keep the new displays authentic. One of the newer buildings was made with restored wood from a barn in Gettysburg. An original carriage was kept from the former wax museum. This new section includes a hands on area for children complete with 3D glasses to engage them, and it will also include pieces from the battle for children and adults to pick up, hold, and get a feel for. There were also several interesting media exhibits. One of Lincoln's original hearses is also for display.
At the end of the tour, we watched the short movie in the theater which sums up the 3 days' battle & all that happened. It's very good if you aren't familiar with Gettysburg.
Finally, we ended in the gift shop which was wonderful for all ages. Obviously, it is a little more expensive, but there's a variety of toys and costumes for children, and a nice book section for adults. We laughed when we saw the General Lee & General Grant bobble heads. ha... like I said, something for everyone!
Overall, I'd highly recommend if you have children, are unfamiliar with the battle of Gettysburg, or want a new perspective of the battle from the people in town. I'm excited to see how the Heritage Center looks when it's completely finished.

Visited December 2014
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“Great new displays with nod to past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The new Gettysburg Heritage Center offers an exciting new experience for visitors. The use of 3D photos and themed realistic.scenes makes for an informative and entertaining visit,,focusing on Gettysburg before, during, and after the battle. Even better is the preservation of the iconic final wax figure battle theater scene - with a new well-done Gettysburg movie - from its old days as the National Civil War Wax Museum.

Definitely worth a visit!

Visited November 2014
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“Great Change In The Gettysburg Heritage Center”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The Gettysburg Heritage Center is the former Wax Museum, the museum has being renovated and now focuses on the town as the primary source with the battle as the backdrop. There is a very good film on the battle as well as some other interactive media exhibits, some of them in 3D. They have the actual hearse that transported President Lincoln's Body throughout Washington. The museum is still under going renovations so there is no fee for the time being. They also have a museum store with books and other articles that pertain to the Civil War. They Museum also host's special events. I was pleasantly surprised by the changes from the old and tired Wax museum. I recommend this as a stop when visiting Gettysburg.

Visited November 2014
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Brandon, Vermont
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“Worth a visit; especially the book store.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

This Center provides a somewhat different perspective than the Military Park, although the story told is much the same. Here, one sees photos in 3D and learns of the experiences of the townspeople. Horrendous! The Center was not officially open, so not all the exhibits were complete or installed. The selection of books, especially for research -- or if you know of a particular regiment you want to research -- was very good. Worth a visit.

Visited November 2014
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