Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Gettysburg

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4.7/5 based on 3,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • If you want to see the battlefield this is the place to start. I saw my first cyclorama there. I found out there are only 2. It is a.massive oil on canvas painting of the civil war. It's breath taking...  read more »
  • Beautiful must-see Museum. However for francophones plan documentation because there is nothing in french. Otherwise very clean and big enough. After made the tour of the battlefield by car it's impressive.
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  • Very beautiful and new very interesting to seeall the collection of relics and the gift shop and cyclrama are very interesting to see and shop 
  • Get a guided tour where the person comes in your car with you! It is totally worth it. They'll spend 2 to 2 and a half hours in the car with you going to all the major sites. All the guides had to take a test to become a guide, and know every single major person, place, the troup movements of individual companies, dates, statistics, etc. Also, they are more than willing to stop and let you take photos from outside the car (and are great photographers themselves). 10/10 would do again.
  • Have visited several times; the most recent in June 2016. It never fails to inspire. My favorite spot it the top of Little Round Top looking toward Devil's Den. Just sit, take in the view, and ponder what took place here; the carnage and loss of so many young lives. The park is well preserved and worth touring. The Soldiers' National Cemetery is another spot to wander about and contemplate the historical significance of the battle. Stop for lunch or dinner at Dobbin House. Be sure to tour inside.
  • 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.
  • The Gettysburg National Military Park is a must stop for any history or Civil War buff. The park itself is well maintained and well marked for visitors. Over the past decade significant effort has been made to return the battlefield it's 1863 appearance. A new visitor center, which opened up a few years ago, houses the Cylcorama, a new interactive museum, gift shop, and restrooms. The visitor center also provides the opportunity for you to secure a guided tour of the battlefield. Some must stops on the battlefield include the Peace Light Memorial, the Pennsylvania Memorial, Little Round Top, Devil's Den, and the Virginia Monument. I would highly recommend visiting Gettysburg National Military Park on a weekday to avoid large crowds both in the visitor center and on the battlefield.
  • One of the best days I spent at any historic site. Took the personalized tour and I thought it was well worth it. Tour guide rides in your vehicle and describes the battle step by step. You make many stops along the way and get first person vistas of the battle fields. The battle is one of the most intriguing in our national history and after a day there, I came away with a greater appreciation and interest in it.
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