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Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg
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Ranked #12 of 82 things to do in Gettysburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Start Your Gettysburg Journey at the Heart of the First Day’s Fighting. Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg, is located on Seminary Ridge along the National Park Service's auto tour route. Three floors of exhibits connect individuals and groups to the dilemmas which led to the Civil War, provide a powerful and personal view of the battle's first day, and show the work of one of the battlefield's largest field hospitals.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 14, 2013

One of the best Museums in Gettysburg!! As a Father's Day gift to my dad bought the Museum and Cupola tour for July 2, the second day this museum was open. It was fabulous!!! It exceeded all of my expectations!!! The trip to the top of the Cupola was so awesome, you can see why Buford used this spot to scope out the town and the surrounding area. The Museum was also very well done, it was very crowded on the day that we went, so I did not see as much as I wanted to, but I will be back in Dec and my husband and I are going to come back and spend some time. I hope they will open the Cupola tour in the winter, to see the same view with snow, would be amazing!!! This is a must see!!! Well done!!!!

Thank franksgirl22
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Our family visited Seminary Ridge Museum on July 3 during the Gettysburg 150th Anniversary activities. Although we did not take the cupola tour, the remainder of the museum was outstanding. With the emphasis on the first day of fighting that occurred in the physical area of the museum, as well as looking at the political and theological points of view of the war, the presentations were first rate. The role that the Seminary played as a hospital was depicted with straightforwardness and emotion. Literally, tears were streaming down my face by the end of touring three floors. One of the folks who answered questions did a remarkable job explaining the renovation of the building and ethnic backgrounds of the population surrounding Gettysburg in 1863 that played a role in their personal beliefs. A first rate museum!

Thank 771KathyP
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The museum provides visitors with an overview of the events of July 1-3, 1863 and what happened before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg. The building has been renovated; during the fighting, the building was used as a hospital. The museum focuses on the role of the Seminary during the first day of the battle, how the wounded were cared for after the battle, and how people reacted to the issues about slavery and abolition. This was a great experience! Highly recommended!

Thank nightingale1972
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Just opened July 1. Make this a priority when you visit Gettysburg. Begins in the cupola of the Lutheran seminary where we could view the Confederate approach on the first day, along with all the landmarks of the entire battle. Then we went down one floor at a time, each floor dedicated to a different element- the impact of the battle on civilians, the issue of slavery and care of the wounded. The museum has lots of interactive displays to catch the attention of younger visitors. Videos on each floor put the topics in context. The Seminary Ridge Museum is every bit as high quality as the Gettysburg Battlefield Visitor Centre. Don't miss it!

Thank Margaret D
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum just opened on July 1, 2013. The old building it is housed is worth visiting itself - truly lovely old brick etc. But, and this is a BIG but in July, it was air conditioned with a modern and efficient system which made it possible to get out of the heat and enjoy what they had to offer.

I have said other places on Trip Advisor that I like small museums and this one is a gem of a small museum. I only had time to visit 2 floors, one covered blacks in Gettysburg at the time of the war, the other covered medicine. Both floors were very informative if perhaps a bit repetitive.

They have several short videos to watch which allows you to get off weary legs for a few minutes as well as getting more information.

Hopefully the museum will be able to develop more pamphlets/books to take home on the topic of medicine. It seems there should be lots to say on it and I would have liked to purchase something there at the time of my visit.

My husband braved the heat and went to the top to get photos from the cuppola. He said it was worth the expense for him but it seemed a bit of a steep price to pay to get up that high, so I did not go up.

I see a very bright future for this museum and I would go back and visit again.

Thank SuzyLaidlaw
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