Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Gettysburg
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Famous for its 360-degree cyclorama painting of the climactic Confederate attack on the Union forces in 1863, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center houses a large collection of cannons, firearms, and uniforms from the American Civil War. Located on the site of one of the bloodiest episodes in American history, the museum contains over 40,000 war artifacts and highlights the history behind the cyclorama, painted by French artist Paul Philippoteaux. For a personal driving tour of the area, you can reserve a battlefield guide prior to your arrival who will tour the grounds with you. Put Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center into our Gettysburg itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Gettysburg.
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  • The theater and diorama were interesting. My only problem was the jerk that talked through the movie and diorama presentation. 
  • As a social studies teacher and lifelong history buff, I highly recommend that every American visit this museum. You will be moved by the film and the exhibits. A great way to remember our path as a n...  more »
  • The most comprehensive museum covering the Civil War (or War of Northern Aggression) that I have ever been to. The first time I visited the new museum I arrived at the opening and was mesmerized! I st...  more »
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  • I adore Gettysburg not only because of all the history of the site, but because of how beautiful it has been preserved. The grounds are spectacular and it's breathtaking to look at all the different monuments covering the grounds. As for tours and the guides, they are all very friendly and always ready to help. If it's your first time around the park I would definitely recommend the car tour in which a ranger rakes you around in your car to multiple stops throughout the battlefield and the town. These are very informative and a much more intimate way to learn about the battle than just taking a tour bus. One of the best military parks that I have been to that showcases both the history that happened as well as the land that it's on.
  • I return to Gettysburg at least once a year. Its impossible to see everything in one weekend. The new visitor center is a great place to start as the battlefield itself is enormous. You will require some form of transportation to navigate the entire area but you will be doing a lot of walking if you want to see everything. There are several options available for tours from bicycles and horses to private tour guides or tour groups. It all depends on your budget and the season. Personally I love exploring on my own with a map or a self guided tour as this enables you to walk around specific areas at your own pace. I recommend the hike up Big Round Top and exploration at Devils Den. There are plenty of places to stop on the roads to view the many monuments, canons and strategic locations of the battle but be aware of one way roads. Signs mark the locations along the roadway and are easy to follow. Other activities are available throughout the town of Gettysburg including ghosts tours in the evenings and small museums as well as restaurants. This is a great place to immerse yourself in history but don't expect to be entertained by rides or playgrounds. Being that this is the site of a tragedy and a victory remember to be respectful and take time for quiet reflection at the National Cemetery.
  • Incredible stop on our trip. The scale of the place is unbelievable. Our guide was great and had a never ending flow of facts about this historic place. My kids loved it, and we all wished we had a whole day to sight see.
  • Hallowed Ground. Historic and beautiful. Much to see do and learn. Must visit place for families and individuals alike. I return as often as opportunity allows me and it never fails to leave an impact.
  • Been going there several times a year since I was a kid. Awesome place for anybody interested in history. It can get very crowded during the summer and on the weekends. Best time to go is in the winter or on a rainy day. You can appreciate the history without having to fight the crowd.