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“In the shoes of General Buford” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum

Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum
111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-339-1300
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Ranked #7 of 36 Attractions in Gettysburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Gettysburg's newest museum--focuses on areas never before focused on--the first day of fighting, care of the wounded, and the larger issues of faith and freedom. Visitors can take guided tours of the famous cupola used by Gen. John Buford and can wander the halls of an original Civil War era building while taking in the "Voices of Duty and Devotion" exhibit. Handicap accessible (except the cupola). Group friendly. Family friendly.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Sparta, New Jersey
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“In the shoes of General Buford”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

For me, the extra fee for the trip up into the cupola, where John Buford identified the high ground to the southeast of the town and determined it was "good ground" for the battle was something I did not expect to experience. However, if you a are not an aficionado of the first day's fighting at Gettysburg, you will do better to just pay the base fee for the museum, which is very well done.

Visited July 2013
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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“new museum complements other Gettysburg venues”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The museum is very well thought out. It has four floors each dedicated to some aspect of the battle of Gettysburg. The Field Hospital rooms are especially realistic. If you are interested in the civilian reaction to the battle or the civilian culture (German Lutherans), it is sublime. It is very pricey to get the panoramic view of Gettysburg from the cupola and unless you are well-heeled, probably not worth it. We are locals and have seen every museum in the area. This one is extremely complementary to the Visitors' Center Museum. There is not much overlap. Outstanding paintings by Gale Gallon decorate the walls with scenes of the battle. Some unique documents and artifacts. To the Civil War aficionado this museum is a must.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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“New and Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

More for the new visitor and those interested in the spiritual and medical aspects of the battle. The extra cost for the trip to the cupola is really not worth the price and the gift store is only fair.

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Chester Springs, PA
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“Well done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Pros: Very well done. Has multiple floors and the cupola access and views are breathtaking.
Cons: none

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“Boring”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

this was a poor example of a museum. Sterile.. very few artifacts.. alot of videos on each floor and poor displays of soldiers in the rooms (reminded me of the wax museum). if you are new to the area you will think its great.. big it's not. go into town on Baltimore street and visit the best Museum in town and its free not the overpriced one at the seminary. it's a rip off to go in the cupola. it's an extra charge and its not the original

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