We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Unique Way to View Battle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center

Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-338-1243
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 30 Attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Museums
More attraction details
Attraction details
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. Starting June 6, The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site opens its summer season for tours and program.
Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Unique Way to View Battle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The cyclorama is the place they funnel visitors after their big budget, Morgan Freeman narrated film about the battle of Gettysburg, so I wasn't really expecting much. I'd seen the Cyclorama years ago, before it was restored. I'm really impressed by the changes they made to it. They have created a 3-D scene by adding real canons and props along the floor around the 360 degree, 40 foot high painting. It's almost a little disorienting, giving me the feeling I was floating a few feet above the battlefield, rather than standing on it. The short presentation is well done. Pickett's Charge is narrated, with lights illuminating different portions of the mural. Explosions go off, lighting up the mural from behind. There is a volley of gun fire and musket barrels flash. Be warned, it's loud, but it gives you a good idea of what battle would have been like. I actually enjoyed it much better than the film.

Visited October 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,032 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,639
    303
    63
    18
    9
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“did not know what to expect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

I did not think I would find this interesting. Mainly didn't know what a cyclorama show was.. It was so much bigger than I thought, you are in the center of a picture hand painted on canvas that has a circumference of 376 feet. You are encouraged to to walk all around the center as the show goes on, lights get brighter and then darker as they tell the story of the battle, you hear the gun fire the men shouting and cannons firing.It is very realistic.I am glad that I choose to experience it.

Visited October 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Start your visit here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

So happy we started our visit to Gettysburg here. Has a great museum, took us approximately 2 hours to see everything without rushing. Films are great! The only part of this experience I didn't like was the restaurant. If was over priced cafeteria food, eat before you visit.

Visited October 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bellmore, New York
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“great place but food is awful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

visitors center is wonderful.they have different things to see and different packages .all the attractions are well worth if but be advised the food is awful and way overpriced.i was shocked how bad the food was.i wasnt expecting alot and was still disappointed.not much you can do as there is no where else to eat.outside of that the place was very well done and i am sure you will enjoy it ,the tour of the battlefield by bus was especially well done.you will not be disappointed ,just try to eat before you get there

Visited October 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“AMAZING museum, but DON'T eat there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

The museum was HUGE, very moving, informative and interactive.

The film was GREAT!

The cyclorama was breathtaking!

The bookstore is fantastic!

The price for all 3 was only $12.50, a HUGE value!

But, DO NOT eat at the cafeteria! The food was awful cafeteria food that was grossly over priced!

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center also viewed

 

Been to Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.