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“Excellent. Not your typical stuffy, musty collection.”

Gettysburg Museum of History
Ranked #5 of 107 things to do in Gettysburg
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Owner description: 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!
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent. Not your typical stuffy, musty collection.”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

This place is well worth a stop. The collection is interesting and diverse, including not only Gettysburg/Civil War artifacts, but also, inter alia, World Wars, JFK and Elvis. The place is clean, the artifacts are well marked and clearly explained. Its also FREE, the proprietor accepting donations to help keep it free of charge. Invest the hour or so it takes to go through it. You'll be glad you did.

Visited February 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Wow! Fabulous -- and FREE!”
Reviewed February 14, 2012

This place is nestled between the row houses a few blocks up from the circle. DO NOT confuse it with the other museum listings. It is subtly located without alot of fanfare in front of it. It is jammed with incredible artifacts and relics of not only the Civil War and Gettysburg Battles, but also fascinating articles and commemoratives from George Washington to WWII to both Lincoln and John F Kennedy and their assassinations. They even have some Elvis stuff, including his touring grooming kit and medications (eesh, he was on alot of pills, man oh man) On that line, I was amazed they have the original prescription of the sedative Parnate that allegedly Marilyn Monroe gobbled up on her suicide death -- plus doodles and notes by JFK and Bobby Kennedy. There are many items for sale as well. What is great about it is that it focuses on many small detailed items you won't see in other standard museums on the Civil War and Gettysburg and other presidential/historical events. You can buy bullets (of which there are thousands) and other things here cheaper than at the other tourist shops in town. They accept donations.

Visited February 2012
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Staunton, Virginia
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“Great Time in Gettysburg!!”
Reviewed February 7, 2012

Several good restaurants in walking distance . Small town to walk and take in all of the sites . Motels that are on the old side but clean and not very expensive . Shopping galore for all types of "keep sates" I loved all of the history of the area and very friendly people

Visited June 2011
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Gettysburg
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“A must-see... Well worth the trip”
Reviewed February 7, 2012

Well worth the trip from any distance... Thousands of artifacts including JFK, Elvis, WWll & Civil War. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Something for any history enthusiast/collector. They buy & sell quality artifacts. A must-see when you visit Gettysburg! No fee but donations are accepted...

Visited February 2012
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Maryland
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“This is a must see when you visit Gettysburg and it is free!!!!!”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

This was great. I remember studying a lot of the content in school, but it was jaw dropping to see the personal items such as hair, combs, mirrors, eatting utensils, outfits that iconic people from history used. You are able to get right up next to the items and see every bit of detail. It was great. Very extensive. Plus the owner allows you to walk through for free. Please bring a little cash though for a donation at the end, you will really want to give something for this amazing opportunity to go back in time. My husband and I loved it. We will go back again and visit next year. Plus this is where the TV Show that we love American Pickers stoped by, very cool, must see. Who would have thought I would be excited about history?

Visited January 2012
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