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Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center

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Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7034
Phone Number: +1 717-338-1243
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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To commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg, begin your visit at the official...

To commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg, begin your visit at the official Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The Museum and Visitor Center features the breathtaking Cyclorama Painting created in 1890 depicting the fury of Pickett's Charge, the film "A New Birth of Freedom" and the extensive Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil war. Purchase tickets prior to your arrival online and reserve a battlefield guide licensed through the National Park Service.

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Historical battlefield getaway

The museum has so much to offer. The film was very informative. The cyclorama was inspiring and all encompassing. The museum is well appointed with displays and films... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum has so much to offer. The film was very informative. The cyclorama was inspiring and all encompassing. The museum is well appointed with displays and films throughout. A definite must see to learn of our nation's civil war.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As someone who has knowledge about Gettysburg this is a brilliant place to start in the area. I highly recommend the film and cyclorama which give civil war novices like me an insight in to the war and battle. The staff are brilliant, and happy to help with any questions.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For those of you that have never been to Gettysburg start here first! I called ahead and set up a personalized tour in our car with a certified guide for my family of five! He drove us around for two hours while we learned all about the battle. It was perfect in every way! I suggest doing this first, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The key to these historical parks is having a good and interactive visitor center and this one meets the criteria. This is a great starting place to any tour of Gettysburg and really does a nice job of laying the foundation for the rest of the visit.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite a large and impressive complex. The cyclorama painting is a must-see and the artifact collection is very well done.

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Amissville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great visitors center! The layout is superb with the film and the cyclorama. It's the perfect starting place before you starting exploring the battlefield. My husband and I did the auto/audio tour which said the long tour would take 3 hours - it took us 7 (we stopped at every stop and figured out who was where... More 

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Lederach, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In addition to museum exhibits, the cyclorama presentation has to be seen to be believed! The cyclorama is a huge painting, oil on canvas, that represents the battle as viewed from an overlook. It is a 360º panorama with some 3-dimensional work along the bottom to give it the full effect of being there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center is absolutely amazing...and this coming from a person that barely made it out of history class way back when in high school. We arrived about 1pm on a quiet Thursday in November...2 days before Remembrance Day. It was quite by accident, but our arrival was perfect timing. There was a buzz in the community-but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Traveled many battlefields in my day but this is the best. The museum and Visitors center is incredible and provides something for everyone from the novice to the expert. But plan to spend 3 to 4 hours as there is a lot to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You will want to make sure to see the historical Cyclorama Gettysburg painting when visiting the Gettysburg Visitor Centre. This is a 360 degree cylindrical installation and painting portraying Picket's Charge from the position behind the front line on Cemetery Ridge. It is one of four such works by French artist Paul Dominique Philippoteaux (1883) and is 13 metres high... More 

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