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“great place to start your Gettysburg trip”

Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center
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US$8.95*
and up
Gettysburg Heritage Center and Museum Admission
Ranked #7 of 109 things to do in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: "A New Birth of Freedom," narrated by Morgan Freeman, orients you to the battle; then see the sights and hear the sounds of the battle in the historic Cyclorama Painting Experience. Finally, tour the museum, packed with original artifacts and interactive exhibits. Tickets and shuttle bus to Eisenhower National Historic Site and seasonal programs at Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital from Visitor Center. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, USA Today Top 10 Places to Visit, AAA Gem. Purchase tickets prior to your arrival online and reserve a Battlefield Guide (licensed through the National Park Service) through the Gettysburg Foundation, non-profit partner to the National Park Service at Gettysburg. Admission fee for Cyclorama, Film and Museum. Entry to Visitor Center, Museum Bookstore and Refreshment Saloon is free.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This museum had wonderful displays with many artifacts, a movie and a wealth of information on the Gettysburg War. It is a great place to start before touring the battlefield. There is a snack shop and a restaurant with a nice selection of food. When you end your day make sure to stop at the gift shop. They sell a large selection of books, delicious fudge and all sorts of Gettysburg items. They even had an author signing books while we were there. Lots of parking also.

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GettysburgFoundation, Gettysburg Foundation at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi, KimEriePA. Future visitors will appreciate your thoughtful and thorough review. We agree that visitors should start here for a refresher before heading out onto the battlefield.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Really neat place to visit with your family. Spent several hours exploring the museum and touring the battlefield. Amazing stories and history of our country. Well done and maintained.

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GettysburgFoundation, Gettysburg Foundation at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi, BlessingsMultiplied1. Thanks for your thoughtful review. We appreciate it!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This is a nice museum and gift shop. There's also a film on the battle of Gettysburg which is very well done and entertaining. I recommend.

Thank MamaAyinde
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GettysburgFoundation, Gettysburg Foundation at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi MamaAyinde. Thanks for your positive review and feedback. In addition to the film, A New Birth of Freedom, the Cyclorama painting is a must see!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

My wife and I were in the area and decided to stop in and see what the Museum had to offer. Since the Civil War has always fascinated us as a historical event, there was much to learn from this venue.

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GettysburgFoundation, Gettysburg Foundation at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi, LordThomMohr. We're so pleased you stopped in and had a positive experience.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I would recommend starting your day in Gettysburg here. You can take the free bus around to a few stops, or ride the circle. I was amazed how spread out things are. Also save time for the book/souvenir shop. Tremendous amount of items for most budgets & tastes. The guides are knowledgeable about whAt type of tour would best suite your interests. There are also a few free exhibits before you need a ticket, which was just enough for me. I wanted to get out & about .

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GettysburgFoundation, Gettysburg Foundation at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi, mswanson01. Yes, we also recommend that visitors starts their day here. They'll get a refresher on the battle and choose the right trip type for the battlefield.

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