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. Make Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center a centerpiece of your Gettysburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Gettysburg attractions planning app .
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  • October 4, 2017
    This Visitor centre is modern, has AMAZING historical artifacts of the highest quality - wonderful exhibits and the Cyclerama was spectacular and well worth the time. A MUST for every American and as ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Our family visited Gettysburg on our way to D.C. from Philadelphia. I knew very little of the Civil War as I am from New Zealand. I loved this Centre as it explained the Civil War and how the battle o...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Very interesting and impressive representation of this dramatic event of history. Imposing represented a round to appearance, cinema and Museum. Worthwhile.
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  • June 27, 2017
    As far as National Park Sites go, this one was very commercialized. Everything costs money and the gift shop was really expensive. Ranger programs were free and great. Outside the gift shop there is a couple of displays that were free. I noticed their donations box was nearly empty, probably because they already emptied everyone's wallets. I mean they charge a ticket price to even see a single oil painting! If you are thrifty stop in to get a map and then explore the Nation Park, which is free. Also junior ranger program was free.
  • July 4, 2017
    Great experience. We took a group of middle and high school age kids on a tour of Gettysburg and they liked the museum most. It's a great snapshot of the battle
  • February 28, 2017
    This is a fantastic museum and National Park run by NPS. The history here is over whelming. As one who frequents National Parks, this one is definitely in the top five for historic parks. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The building is well kept and the bathrooms maintained. Food is available in the cafe and often times there are people dressed in Civil War era clothing who are will to pose for pictures and answer questions. Parking can be tough but it's worth the walk.
  • May 13, 2017
    I went here for a school trip and was in awe. I saw the video that they played inside the theater, and the quality and seating was amazing! It's a great intro to the museum and tour. The cyclorama was amazing and beautiful and extremely lifelike. The museum is very high quality and the information is detailed and interesting. The gift shop is full of a variety of collectibles and books. The tour guide was extremely kind and funny. He certainly knew what he was talking about. I learned lots of new information! I will definitely visit again with my family.
  • January 15, 2017
    Absolutely amazing museum. A must see for every American. They have created a truly memorable experience and the exhibits walk you through the state of the nation, the war itself, and of course the Battle of Gettysburg. I highly recommend buying the guided auto tour CD in the gift shop and set aside 2 hours for it.

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Where to stay in Gettysburg

Though Gettysburg offers plenty of lodging options to suit every visitor's budget, remember that you must reserve your room at least a few months ahead of time if you plan to attend the popular battle reenactments. Many inns in the heart of town offer both a sense of history and many modern amenities, including exercise facilities and both indoor and outdoor pools. You can also choose to stay at a comfortable hotel just northwest of the area's historical battlefield complex, located only minutes from downtown.
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