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
10:00 AM - 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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Virgil S
Charleston, SC12 contributions
Knowledgeable friendly Tour guide
Oct 2021
This tour was dedicated to learning the civilian side of the story of the Civil War. Specifically the story of George, Hattie, Sadie and Molly before during and after the Civil War. The tour guide was well-prepared and happy to be there. The price was very reasonable. I highly recommend.
Written October 17, 2021
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SLJ
Enfield, CT5 contributions
Not to be missed!
Oct 2021
I brought my 13 year old history buff grandchild here and the tour through the house and the stories and displays painted a picture of the hardships of so many civilians, but this family in particular and how they found the strength to carry on during and post battle hardships.
Written October 12, 2021
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It is so great to hear that you 13 year old grandchild is interested in history. You're doing something right. Thank you for the five-star review.
Written October 17, 2021
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567tracyl
2 contributions
Don’t miss this tour!
Oct 2021 • Business
We loved this tour. After doing the drives around Gettysburg, this really brought the history to life. Miss Marsha was our guide and did a fantastic job.
Written October 10, 2021
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The civilian side of the battle is a great compliment to a tour of the battlefield. Stepping in the Shrivers' home is like stepping back in time to understand what so many families went through. Thank you for the five-star review.
Written October 17, 2021
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Bryson C
Sellersburg, IN332 contributions
Awesome Experience
Oct 2021 • Family
At first I was disappointed because they only perform guided tours every 45 minutes. When we arrived it was starting in 5 minutes and was full. After waiting 50 minutes for the next tour, we discovered that it was well worth the wait! Our tour guide, Marsha, was amazing! This house is full of history and everything inside is period accurate. The shop has some very cool items as well. Do not miss this on your trip to Gettysburg!
Written October 6, 2021
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Thank you for staying around for the tour and I am glad you enjoyed the Shrivers' story.
Written October 7, 2021
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Marcus A
Bunker Hill, West Virginia, United States2 contributions
Don't miss it.
Oct 2021
Lisa did a wonderful job giving us a tour this past Saturday. We signed up for the last tour at 4:30 and ended up being the only two in the group, so that was an added bonus. Thanks Lisa for putting up with my incessant rambling at times!
Written October 4, 2021
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Thank you for the 5 star review.
Written October 7, 2021
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Lexie A
1 contribution
Amazing!
Sep 2021 • Family
Our guide Miss Marsha was phenomenal. She told the Shriver story very well and gave us a great look at what life was like for the civilians before and after the battle of Gettysburg. I highly recommend this place!
Written September 12, 2021
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Thank you for the kind review and for recommending the Shriver House.
Written October 7, 2021
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Dustin W
38 contributions
Civilian impact of battle
Sep 2021 • Friends
Nice tour to show the impact on civilian life of the battle of Gettysburg . House is well restored to help give you a look into what it was like during July of 1863
Written September 11, 2021
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Thank you. The civilian side of the battle is so overlooked and we are happy to keep it front and center.
Written October 7, 2021
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Cynthia B
New Freedom, PA3 contributions
Exceptional tour given by exceptional guide
Sep 2021
After visiting Gettysburg many times, took the tour at the Shriver House Museum. This is, buy far, one of the best tours we have ever been on and our guide, Miss Marsha, was outstanding in her knowledge of the times and in adding a personal and animated story of what the Shriver family's life was like at the time. Will be sharing our experience with friends who have been to Gettysburg numerous times and hope to come back with them! Thanks you Miss Marsha for a wonder experience!!!
Written September 10, 2021
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Thank you and thanks for spreading the word about the Shriver House.
Written October 7, 2021
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Deanna
Quakertown, PA1 contribution
Highly recommend!!
Aug 2021 • Family
We just finished our tour and were very enlightened hearing stories of the residents and what they had to endure. Miss Marsha was our guide and she is not only a wonderful story teller, she was very welcoming and engaging. Highly recommend!
Written August 28, 2021
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Thank you and I hope we see you again.
Written October 7, 2021
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Sandy B
Embarrass, WI24 contributions
Excellent!
Aug 2021
Our first time here and it was a great place to see.Been to Gettysburg eight times and never even considered seeing it.But I sure was missing something.Great story about the place!The tour guide was very infomative too!And you got to see everything.Some places won't take you to some spots and just tell a story.Another must see!
Written August 24, 2021
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We are excited to show every square inch of the Shrivers' home since every square inch plays a part in their story. Thank you.
Written October 7, 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