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Gettysburg Museum of History
Ranked #5 of 109 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!
Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

I stopped in this museum purely out of curiosity and was so happy I did. They have a VERY unique display of historical artifacts, including a pair of JFK's boxers. I really enjoyed the Civil War display, as well as Kennedy, WWII, and even Elvis! I could not believe this museum was free! Donations are encouraged and after seeing the display, it's definitely worth it. So many original items. I even saw Eric who frequents the show, Pawn Stars!

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stop every year and have been allowed to dine with our dogs out on the patio. Staff/food were both wonderful and we enjoyed our visit. Love this great place!!

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Reviewed June 29, 2014

I see reviews from people going to a free, privately owned and funded collection of artifacts and complaining that it's not a sprawling and polished government museum, and others who are apparently under the impression that any non-Civil War aspect of history being represented or even mentioned in Gettysburg is not only unwelcome but distasteful and irreverent. But if you're like the rest of us who appreciate history for history's own bloody, dirty sake and not the romanticized, cleaned up family fun version that sells tours and bumper stickers, you should enjoy this place. It's incredibly rich with artifacts from throughout history, artifacts both big and small, some obscure and some the Smithsonian would kill to get their hands on, and that diversity in such a small space is what makes it so unique. It also acknowledges both things that people are familiar with and things that make people uncomfortable. And that's the point. If you're okay with walking around a battlefield where tens of thousands of people died gruesome, horrific, filthy deaths but get upset at the sight of a mummy head or a trophy skull or dishes that belonged to Hitler, then you probably need a reality check and this museum could serve as one if you would learn from it. I've been there only once but the owner was very kind and I plan on returning again in the near future.

3  Thank Ivy S
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

Right up Baltimore street, right next to the equally cool photography museum, is this awesome little place with a big inventory. Civil War, yes, but it doesn't end there - JFK, Elvis, Evil Keneval, WW I, WW II ---something for everyone. The museum's specialty is commonplace items that belonged to famous and extraordinary people. From Eva Braun's undies to carven enemy skulls, this place has it all. I never get tired of it. Remember this a private collection so visit the bookshop and the donation box and give back generously.

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Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

A great museum.Thank God I live close so I can visit often!Great Attraction!!!!!I am an avid photographer and enjoy history of any kind.People who question the authenticity of the items just need to talk the owner himself.

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