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“A new prespective on the civil war.” 4 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 #6 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, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Illinois
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“A new prespective on the civil war.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum has 4 floors of exhibits. There are not too many displays. There is a lot of reading in each floor. We did not do the cupola tour because it was expensive to add on. The museum shows how the seminary went from being a seminary to field hospital during the civil war. Some of the original floor boards remain. For those of weak stomachs some of the pictures and displays on the 3rd floor can be hard to handle. The building is very nicely rehabbed.

They do a very good job explaining how the seminary played an important role in the civil war.

Visited September 2013
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“Very good, but pricey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Now I've been, I won't repeat. Museum is light on displays and the price with cupula is steep at $26 each in 2013. The view from the cupula is obstructed on most sides by trees utill after Fall. Had we known that, we would have skipped that part of the tour.

Visited September 2013
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Karnes City, TX
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“Great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

This was the only museum that dealt with the medical aspect of the war and explained how civilians were there for the battles and the aftermath...even the children pitched in to help the wounded and dying plus the surgeons. Great place!

Visited September 2013
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McKnightstown, Pennsylvania
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“A fresh way to experience a Gettysburg icon.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Unrivaled interpretation of the battle, slavery, the town, and the medical aspect, with the paramount reason for visiting, the cupola (not original, original burned) atop which John Buford viewed the opening salvos of the battle.

I did notice a few errors on the story boards, though I cannot remember what they were, so they are relatively insignificant. If you view the introductory film on the first floor on a busy day, you'll likely need to read the closed captioning for all of the noise and commotion going on behind you.

Visited August 2013
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Ontario, Canada
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“Wonderful Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

What a thrill to be able to go up in the cupola and see how John Buford was able to view the Confederates coming into town. The new three floor museum is well laid out and very informative. Don't miss out on the opportunity to go up in the cupola when visiting this museum - and make sure you put the Seminary Ridge Museum on your list of places to visit while in Gettysburg.

Visited September 2013
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