Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, Gettysburg

4.8
Must see · Battlefield · Visitor Center
Famous for its 360-degree cyclorama painting of the climactic Confederate attack on the Union forces in 1863, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & 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 & 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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  • It was extremely difficult to observe social distancing within the building with the gift shop. I am not sure they have implemented any kind of capacity rules. The restrooms were very clean. I...  more »
  • Had not been to Gettysburg since 1979, so we we did the entire battlefield and then came here. However, If you have little or no knowledge of the events here I HIGHLY recommend coming here FIRST. A...  more »
  • We spent at least 2 hours in the museum between the film, the cyclorama and the exhibits. There's so much to see and it really helped us understand the battle much better!  more »
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  • Everyone is very knowledgeable. We watched a discussion about how they treated the injured and it was very fascinating, which means a lot since I'm not a huge history buff. The bus tour we did was also really good! He kept it entertaining as well as informative
  • If you have the chance to visit Gettysburg, take it. It is sobering, educational and inspiring. The museum is incredible; full of civil war items and information. I recommend doing the self guided driving tour with a purchased CD. It gives you the lay of the land and brings the battles and experience to life. If possible stop and get out at certain sites and definitely make the climbs in the sight seeing towers.
  • Rangers were knowledgeable and very helpful. Interesting artifacts on display. AC was nice and cold on a 90+ degree day. Abundant parking, but you may have to walk a ways if you end up in an overflow lot. Tour busses were modern with cold AC and were running on schedule. Nice scheduled history tours. About a mile and a half from the off ramp.
  • I visited the place on weekend and loved it. They have not only preserved the history quiet well but help desk service, guidance and free tours are great add-ons. The museum is quite big and needs at least 2 hours . Even if you skip the documentary movie , the same is narrated in the exhibits. The display of muskets, collar buttons and rifles was very well done as well. Do not miss on eating at cafeteria. They have great options for cold sandwiches, fries, soup including beer along with option of outdoor seating. We spent nearly 4 hours here.
  • Truly hallowed ground. An amazing place to learn and explore. Highly recommend a guided tour. We did a bus, but I hear private vehicle tours are even better. Kids loved a Junior Ranger program and earning their badges. I also appreciated the available EV charging spots with a reasonable $1/hr rate. Plan on at least a full day to see the museum and a tour.

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