Shriver House Museum

Shriver House Museum, Gettysburg: Hours, Address, Shriver House Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Shriver House Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • Historic Walking Areas • History Museums
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
You may know what happened on battlefield...but do you know what happened to the families and their homes in town? The Shriver House Museum is an award-winning Civil War museum dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg. The story is told through the eyes of the Shriver family, whose ancestors settled in the area in the 1700s. While George Shriver served in the Union army, his wife, Hettie, was worried about the safety of their daughters, Mollie (5) and Sadie (7), as well as their home. When soldiers filled the streets of Gettysburg, Hettie (27) chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top; where she thought they would be out of harm's way. Hettie could not know she jumped from the frying pan into the fire or that her unoccupied home would offer the Rebels an outstanding view of Union ground. It was quickly commandeered by Confederates to set up a sharpshooters' nest in the attic. Today the Shrivers' home appears much the same way it did when it was built in 1860, just a few months before the Civil War began. Guides in period dress recount the harrowing story of the Shriver family's experiences as you walk through their home - from the Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic, through their finely-appointed home, to Shriver's Saloon in the cellar. The story of George Shriver was not well-known until 1996 when his house, which sat abandoned for nearly 30 years, was painstakingly restored to its original appearance. Today the Shrivers' story is one of the most intriguing stories told when it comes to the civilian aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Karen S
Rehoboth, MA34 contributions
A Different Kind of Civil War Experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
My son and I enjoyed touring this house very much. Having previously visited Gettysburg, we knew a lot about the battle but it was very interesting ( and sobering too) to learn about the experiences of a civilian family during that time. Our tour guide was very engaging. This is a must-see experience, giving you a much different perspective of this battle and war in general.
Written June 19, 2021
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dgs5536
Washington DC138 contributions
Interesting take on the battle
May 2021
There seem to be a lot of small museums in Gettysburg. We tried this one and it was worth it. A very good take on the battle from the residents' POV. A good contrast to the battlefield story.
Written June 14, 2021
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Ashlee S
36 contributions
Great Historical Experience
Jun 2021 • Family
The storytellers were amazing and made for a very informative and interesting experience. They engaged our young children during the tour and told us about the 100 night of taps at the Gettysburg Museum.
Written June 7, 2021
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Jennifer B
3 contributions
Wonderful Experience
Jun 2021 • Family
I loved this tour! Abby was friendly and very knowledgeable about the family. The tour takes less than an hour and gives you a glimpse into everyday life before the battle at Gettysburg.
Written June 4, 2021
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armywifeHI
Mililani, HI19 contributions
Learn about the Gettysburg civilian experience in this beautifully restored home
May 2021 • Couples
Visiting the Shriver House was not on our agenda, but faced with a rainy day we decided to wander over from our Airbnb almost directly across the street. I'm so glad we did! The restoration of the home is remarkable and the tour was very well done. Our guide was dressed in period clothing which we really appreciated as it was our only Gettysburg experience that featured that. It was really interesting to learn about the battle from the civilian perspective. We were so impressed with the attention to detail in the restoration of the home and the research done in learning about the family who lived there. We also enjoyed the artifact displays and the adorable gift shop. Well worth the visit!
Written May 31, 2021
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Heather
15 contributions
Second time and even better
May 2021 • Family
Went last October for a tour with my husband. This time we took our daughters. We all really enjoyed our tour guide. She was knowledgeable and interesting to watch. The museum is full of artifacts and the owner is so nice. Five stars for sure!
Written May 30, 2021
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Becca J
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
Amazing unknown spot.
May 2021 • Couples
I loved learning about this “unknown family”. Mrs Deborah was a wonderful tour guide. We really enjoyed our tour today.

Just remember to duck when she says to… pretty sure me hitting my head echoed throughout all 3 stories!

Also remember to check out the alley bulletholes!
Written May 18, 2021
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Jasmine93
Florida26 contributions
Beautiful Home and Museum
May 2021
We took this tour as part of a package we bought from the Gettysburg Battlefield bus tour. The Shriver Home was beautiful and the tour guide was excellent. Hearing the stories of the family that built and lived there during the war and what they went through was the best part. The items in the glass case in the gift shop area were amazing. You can even buy the book there that was written by one of the Shriver daughters of her experience, which I did. It was a great tour and we enjoyed it so much.
Written May 18, 2021
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Amy S
17 contributions
Walking back in time!
Apr 2021 • Family
I loved learning the story of the Shriver family and how the soldiers weren’t the only ones who had seen horrific things during this battle between our own. How hard it must have been during this battle and aftermath. I can’t even imagine! Our tour guide believe her name was Ms Marsha was a real treasure and a fantastic storyteller, she definitely took us back in time.
Written April 29, 2021
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M.Frazier
Richmond, VA85 contributions
Great tour from a different perspective
Apr 2021 • Couples
This tour told the story of the Battle at Gettysburg from the unique perspective of a family living there during the time. Getting to hear the story of a house being taken over by Confederate soldiers and seeing where they knocked out bricks for sharpshooters was fascinating. They also found medical equipment from the time in the house indicating it was used as a field hospital at some point. Definitely recommend a visit!
Written April 19, 2021
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Thank you for the 5-star review. Many items were found inside the house during the restoration. In addition to the medical supplies, 6 minie balls were discovered where the Confederates set up their sharpshooters nest.
Written April 21, 2021
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Shriver House Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM