Gettysburg Museum of History

Gettysburg Museum of History

Gettysburg Museum of History
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Museum that was featured on History's "American Picker's" The Gettysburg Museum Of History has over 4,000 artifacts on display. The Museum is FREE TO THE PUBLIC! The Museum covers all areas of American History. Military and Political History are the focus with some pop culture covered. Some highlights include: A lock of George and Martha Washington's hair, Abraham Lincoln's wallet and opera glasses,John Wilkes Booth's splint relic, the largest collection of Gettysburg battlefield relics on display in Gettysburg, an autograph or manuscript from each president, Harry Truman's hat, Dwight D. Eisenhower's golf clubs, JFK's rocking chair, suit, and bloodstained limousine upholstery from the assassination, the flag that flew during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Shell casing from Ruby's gun that Killed Oswald, Hitler's silver that was captured by U.S. forces at his home. The Fredrick G. Pfeffer collection of relics from Pickett's Charge. The Robert L. White collection of JFK, The Captain Good collection (wounded in action at Gettysburg) includes the items he used during the battle and the bullet that wounded him! Uniforms,flags, accoutrements, weapons, documents, photos, much much more!The Gettysburg Museum Of History also buys artifacts as well as sells them. Please stop by and see the most amazing collection in Gettysburg at no charge!
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Grammie321
Boston, MA145 contributions
Couples
An absolutely must see if in the area. Viewing the film, the cyclorama and visiting the museum took the better part of our day. The film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, was well done and set the stage for visiting the museum. The cyclorama is a beautiful piece of art that takes you back in time and gives you the feeling of being there. The museum is fantastic. It's well organized and the white arrows keep you moving in the right direction.
If you are short on time skip the film and cyclorama and do just the museum and watch the various short films on display there.
Written April 10, 2022
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Vicki & Dan
45 contributions
From the history perspective, I give it a 5. They have so much stuff crammed into there space that it's difficult to see it all. The day we went, it was very crowded, which isn't a good thing during this time of social distancing. The owner or manager (I don't know which) wasn't wearing a mask and was not enforcing the mask requirement. There were a lot of people not wearing their masks or wearing then incorrectly (usually with their nose outside). He doesn't charge an admission fee, which is absolutely amazing and some items are for sale, which is very cool. Seriously, the only reason I didn't give them a 5 was because they were not COVID-19 safe.
Written August 3, 2020
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eos410
Monongahela, PA58 contributions
Couples
I cannot express in words the amount of history that is in this building. The knowledge you can gather here on everything from the American Revolution to current events is endless. You couldn’t possibly see everything in one visit. Do not think that this will be a quick stop, you will find it hard to leave. The is no charge for the visit, it runs on donations and purchases from the gift shoppe because it is a privately owned collection being shared by a very generous man fueled by his own love for history. He was very kind during our visit and my history loving boyfriend enjoyed their conversation on WWII and his collections. While we were there enjoying the museum, we witnessed him being very generous to a young boy who couldn’t stop talking history and artifacts. The young boys father said it was their second trip in during their vacation because his son loved the first visit so much and wanted to see more and would probably be back again. My boyfriend, who is a teacher was very touched by the owners kindness and patience while interacting with this family. There is still kindness in this world, you’ll find it even when you are not looking for it. So if you visit here, and you should, drop some $ in the donation box and/or buy an item from the gift shoppe. But if you can’t do either, still go and enjoy this plethora of knowledge. Just make sure you say thank you and that will be enough 😊 🙏🏻
Written July 16, 2020
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Littorio
1 contribution
Couples
There were a lot of things to see admittingly. Unfortunately for something that claims to be a museum it is more like a Tourist trap House of mirrors kind of setup. Instead of walking into what you would think in museum would be, you are stuffed into narrow corridors of what was somebody's home with all the walls stuffed with displays and no rhyme or reason to it. Somehow this place got noticed on television probably for its location so close to a national hotspot and nothing more. When you walk inside the light is dim, the area worn and weathered with all kinds of artifacts inside of cases. The biggest warning flag for me was that they sell items certified by their own hand. There isn't really no check or balance when you purchase something from them as they are giving their own certificate of approval and just because they have the word "museum" in their name it is easy to assume the certification you are receiving is genuine. The fact of the matter is any certificate of authenticity from the Gettysburg museum of History is nothing more than getting a certificate of authenticity from an eBay seller or any other self-proclaimed museum. I am sure there are lots of genuine items in this place but there is most certainly items that are questionable at best here as well. As always when buying relics, buyer beware, get second or third opinions before moving forward and your best insurance would be having the ability to return any item at any time if proven unauthentic from another source. Any place that is willing to buy back their items will give the buyer a little sense of security, however sometimes even then the seller will argue that the third party appraiser is somehow wrong and their item stands as genuine etc.
At the end of the day is this worth the visit? Sure why not. Should you lose sleep at night if you miss this stop while visiting gettysburg? Absolutely not.
Written September 22, 2022
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Debra K
Lancaster, PA8 contributions
We drove an hour and a half to visit today. Got there to find the museum closed! No indication on their website about being closed. A small sign on the door said there was a private event so this wasn’t a last minute thing

I previously sent an email and left a voicemail message to ask some questions
Neither received a response. Needless to say we won’t go back. Wasted time and $20 in gas
Really wanted to see the Dick Winters exhibition
Very disappointed
Written June 8, 2022
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Alan H
Noblesville, IN21 contributions
Traveled here for a visit last February to pick up an item from Eric's store that was being offered on the net. While it was not a one-of-a-kind item, it was unique and I wanted to pick out the best example. Arrived (from 4 states away Midday) on a Saturday, paid for parking a block away, waited to walk 2 stoplights only to arrive at his door and find him closed. The sign on the door instructed us to knock. I knocked. Eric (I've met him before) pokes the mail slot open and says "We're closed." I said I just wanted to pick and item up and it would only take a minute. "We're closed" he repeated. (Closed on a Saturday afternoon, yeah that;s a viable business plan). I said, "I drove from 4 states away." He said, "Order it off the website." Keep in mind, this conversation is taking place 3 inches apart with me on one side of a door and he on the other. Ask around the town, the industry or the hobby and you'll get the same response. The door of this historic downtown building has a bright red "As seen on TV" which fits right in to the tackiness of the owner.
Written June 29, 2021
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nature-seer
Pennsylvania101 contributions
Unfortunately we got here too late in the day to really explore all of the artifacts, which include Civil War, Revolutionary War, WWI, WWII, Presidents etc.

The owners work the museum themselves, with free admission no less, and are very friendly and helpful.

For those who are interested, they also have some of the more historically important but politically incorrect items one might seek in Gettysburg. Prices were reasonable and ranged anywhere from $7. for gun cleaner bullets on up...and up, and up depending on what you were looking for. Some of the artifacts are even for sale if you care to inquire, which we did not.
Written August 6, 2020
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Louethan
Massillon, OH15 contributions
Family
If you’re a fan of history, this is a must see museum. Been doing a lot of private Lyons museums and this one is absolutely tops in the quality of items in the detail with which they are displayed. The owner is very friendly and knowledgeable about all the displays. The total collection is priceless. Some really nice items for sale as well.
Written July 29, 2021
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Dustin W
38 contributions
Friends
A museum with so many artifacts ranging from civil war to US Presidents to WWII. The collection is truly remarkable and so glad to see a place like this keeping history alive and making it available for the public to see. Being a WWII fan the WWII collection of artifacts was a must see
Written September 14, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,218 contributions
We stopped here in conjunction with 2 other nearby memorabilia museums. Here, 5 small rooms are chock full of war items from the Civil War, WW 1 & 2, displays on Presidents Eisenhower/Kennedy. I was interested in the many types of lead bullets, misfired weapons and found swords.
This place would appeal to collectors as much as casual browsers like us. Happy it had free entry.
Written August 29, 2020
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