Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325- Map It
(717) 334-1124
VIP rate

AAA Editor Notes

Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park is at 1195 Baltimore Pike, adjacent to the battlefield. The Civil War, particularly the Battle of Gettysburg, is chronicled through archival materials, artifacts, interactive exhibits and a cyclorama: a 42-foot high, 377-foot-long canvas painting. "The Battle of Gettysburg," by French artist Paul Philippoteausx was painted from 1883-1884 with the help of 20 other artists and went through a $15 million restoration in 2008. Guests can watch the 22-minute film “A New Birth of Freedom,” featuring narration by actors Morgan Freeman, Marcia Gay Harden and Sam Waterston. The museum's collection includes more than 1 million items, though not all are displayed. Temporary exhibits also are offered. The center serves as the starting point for tours of the battlefield. Both self-guiding and guided tours are available. Arrangements can be made for a personally conducted 2-hour tour with a licensed battlefield guide. Ranger programs are offered April through December. Treasures of the Civil War: Legendary Leaders Who Shaped a War and a Nation showcases 13 noteworthy people and runs through June 16, 2016. The Cyclorama painting is displayed in the Visitor's Center building, not in the Cyclorama building, which was demolished in 2013. Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
Visitor center free. Museum, film and cyclorama combination ticket $12.50; $11.50 (senior citizens and military with ID); $8.50 (ages 6-12). Multiday and combination passes with battlefield bus tour are available.
AAA Benefit:
VIP rate for the Cyclorama, Film & Museum experience
Hours: Daily 8-6, Apr.-Oct.; 8-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.