Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
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Visitor CentresBattlefieldsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
"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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Glenn B
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Experience
    Our visit to the Visitors Center and Museum couldn't have been better. We purchased the Movie, Cyclorama and Museum package (STRONG recommended) and it was absolutely incredible. The effort that went into the entire experience was breathtaking - it captureed the significance, drama and solemnity of those three days in July 1863. The Visitors Center prepared us most appropriately for the Auto Tour - which we embarked upon immediately our visit. Gettysburg, in my option, is a MUST SEE for any citizen or visitor of the US - and this is a great place to start. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Agot76
    Illinois196 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip
    Very informative and the staffs were very helpful. I love the fact that they offer self guided tour and we can just do it in our own pace. The museum itself has a lot of artifacts and mementos from the Civil war although we didn't get to explore the entire place due to time constraints but all in all, it was a very pleasant experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Helen S
    126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Two Hour Bus Tour of Battlefield
    We purchased the 2 hour guided bus tour of the battlefield. Our tour guide, Fred, was very knowledgeable and made the battle come alive for us. No matter how much you read about the battle, seeing it and having someone explain exactly where the troops were made it all come alive and made you feel like you had travelled back to those historic 3 days. Unfortunately, what I really wanted to see- Devil's Den and Little Round Top, has been closed to the public for a year- supposedly for repaving the road, but in a year's time they haven't laid down an inch of tar. My parents used to take us to that area when I was little and I wanted to see it again, but couldn't get close. Still enjoyed the tour though and highly recommend it to all. Had an amazing bus driver too- Linda. She is the best!!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Ljoy214
    Ronkonkoma, New York17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First stop for sure
    Definitely should be your first stop if visiting Gettysburg for the historical aspect. It is big, clean, has restrooms, food, and big staff to assist with questions and you can buy individual or package tickets for many things to see/do. The cyclorama, movie, and museum are great, as was the bus tour from there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • casinoguymichigan
    389 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to start your Gettysburg trip.
    I did not pay to see any of the films but it is a very large place with people manning the information counter ready to help answer questions. This is probably a good place to start your trip to Gettysburg if you haven't already researched where you want to go and set an itinerary (which I suggest you do before your trip). There is a very large gift shop with shirts, souvenirs and books on just about anything to do with Gettysburg and the individual battles. Nice if you want to get information and view the museum and cyclorama, those were just things I myself didn't want to pay admission for and take the time to see. .
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • JRT-EDT
    Highland, New York29 contributions
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    The High Cost of Being Equal
    Even those who are not history buffs should take time to be reminded of the grim tragedy that war is--especially when we are fighting among our selves. We were at Gettysburg for a day and a half which worked out to just about the right amount of time. We began at the visitor center with the film and cyclorama, then did the "Day 1" (July 1st) portion of the Park Service Car tour.(Suggestion: use the Park Service app to locate sites on a GPS app on your phone for directions. We had trouble following some of the signs.) On the second day we began with the 90 minute Park Ranger led hiking tour of the battle field. In our opinion this is the one thing not to be missed. It will allow you to visualize how all three days battles progressed. We followed this will the museum which was excellent and ended with a trip to the cemetery to see where Lincoln spoke. Final thought: don't miss the 90 minute Ranger tour! We do not regret in any way passing on the bus tour to include this in our itinerary.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • HappyCampersNH
    Dover, New Hampshire289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every American should spend a day here
    Yes, this is a National park of sorts and no it does not accept the America the Beautiful pass. However, the battlefield is free to drive and there is a very good free driving app. available on the park web site. The visitor center can provide a map and there are ranger tours as well. If you only have a few hours, take the driving tour. You can also hire a tour guide or do a bus tour for a fee. I suggest the app. as you can spend as much or as little time as you want at a specific spot and can adjust timing so you aren’t in the midst of bus loads of others- feels more respectful. If at all possible…DO the movie, cyclorama and the museum. They are extremely well done and truly give so much information and a true sense of the intensity of the battle along with seeing actual relics that no verbal description can fully describe- the tree full of metal from the battle for one. This is well worth both the time and price. Wear comfortable shoes and plan on a full day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Sprout211
    Chesapeake, Virginia797 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Visit
    We downloaded the FREE National Park Service app and drove all around Gettysburg following the auto tour. I also loved the cyclorama painting inside the museum and the exhibition. We went on Wednesday morning and it wasn’t crowded.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • SMXCCoach
    Eagleville, Pennsylvania160 contributions
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    Take Your time maybe even schedule 2 days...
    Please don't try and do the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center in one trip because if You do You will miss a lot. Take Your time and enjoy the Museum & Center at an appropriately slow pace. There is so much to see and enjoy that You owe it to Yourself to plan two days or schedule another trip soon. The Cyclorama, the short films, the memorabilia, the souvenirs, the bookstore, the displays all deserve a slow respectful time allotment. We did the Musuem & Center after 3:00 pm and so we were entitled to come back the next day and that return trip was well worth our time. Even with this return trip, the next day, we felt like we had missed some important facets of the Museum & Center, but we will plan another Spring trip to Gettysburg. We didn't visit the battlefields because the weather was bad, but we made up for that time by slowly enjoying the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 November 2023
  • jazzy472021
    Pennsylvania71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully and Respectfully done
    I highly recommend you get the combo package that includes the movie, the cyclorama and the museum. It is worth the cost. And talk to the rangers and the staff you find stationed at the activities- they are a wealth of information about the cyclorama and the park. If you are short on time- the rangers can help guide you in visiting something that interests you. This facility is nicely maintained by a private party. Be generous and throw a few dollars in the states display- the money goes towards maintaining this gem of a National Park.
    Hi jazzy472021, Thank you for your kind review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum & Visitor Center. We hope you'll visit again!
    Written 28 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 March 2024
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tscheblo
Indianapolis, IN571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
This is the perfect starting point when visiting Gettysburg. Entrance is free to gather maps or information and stroll through the gift shop. Admission fees are required to the museum, the movie and the cyclorama and I recommend all three!
Written 11 July 2024
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Suzanne S
Dayton, OH39 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Family
Make sure to see the 20 minute film, cyclorama and the museum. It’s a great first stop to get acclimated. We also took the two-hour guided car tour. Mr. Guy was amazing!! He is so knowledgeable and he is a great storyteller!!
Written 26 June 2024
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Renee J
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Jun 2024 • Family
Great museum. The diorama was very interesting to see. There are a lot of exhibits to see, and all the information was very interesting. My family went through the museum first and then did a battlefield tour with a licensed guide and would highly recommend doing both in that order. The food at the museum is expensive.
Written 22 June 2024
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Bryan B
North Palm Beach250 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an avid fan of anything related to the Civil War period, have visited various museums and battlefields, but was unprepared for the experience my wife and I and another couple had when visiting the Gettysburg Visitor Center and battlefield. The short film narrated by Morgan Freeman followed by the mind-blowing cyclorama really provided a full overview of the political climate at the time and how those three days in July, 1863 made a significant impact on the outcome of the war.

The frosting on the cake was when we reserved a “guided tour” of the battlefield for the following day. Roy Frampton was our licensed guide and drove our vehicle while providing a detailed account of what occurred during the three day battle. It was almost as if we were transported back in time 150 years…. Roy’s descriptions of key moments were so vividly described, one could almost smell the gun powder and hear the sound of cannon fire. We especially enjoyed hearing the stories of personal accounts and little known facts you wouldn’t hear in your typical history class. Though our tour was to be two hours, Roy added nearly 90 minutes and for that we were truly grateful. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this type of tour, you won’t be disappointed!
Written 16 June 2024
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Myke A
Carlisle, UK108 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Honestly, if you’re visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield, you really need to visit here too. Paying the extra to watch the film and view the Cyclorama.
The Cyclorama is a stunning piece of art that takes your breath away.
The rest of the museum has so many interesting things to look at, it really goes into the depths of the civil war (not just Gettysburg),
I could have easily spent all day looking through all the exhibitions. But sadly time and my partners patience ran out.

We also stopped for a coffee and sandwich, which was very tasty!!!
Written 11 June 2024
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BA
Pittsburgh1,291 contributions
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May 2024 • Family
Really informative experience. I recommend doing the museum, film, and cyclorama package. We had the next time for the film which worked well. Seeing that and giving you a quick history of the war gives you the necessary information for the rest. The cyclorama was amazing. Felt like you were actually overlooking the battle.

After that we went to the museum. It was jam packed and it just kept going. Was maybe a little overload for some (others in my group), but I really enjoyed it. We didn’t watch the little shows they had in the museum itself, and it still took us over an hour to go through. A lot of artifacts and info. Some background before the war, the war, and after. Different artifacts throughout. All together we were there about two hours. Had an enjoyable afternoon.
Written 8 June 2024
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djd525
Painesville, OH47 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
Plan on spending at least 2-3 hours just touring the museum. We did not pay extra for the movie or the cyclorama & found after touring the museum we didn't need to, as the museum has many 5-minute movies throughout each section that you could sit down to watch, it was very helpful. The museum has a huge gift shop which was packed the day we went with long lines at checkout. HINT - if you go farther into the gift shop by the bookshop there is another cash register with very little line!
The museum has beautiful grounds you can walk through. I'd highly recommend this as your first stop before you tour the battleground. Also, if you download the National Park Service app on your phone & follow the directions for the Auto Tour of Gettysburg you can tour the battle grounds for free using your phone/Bluetooth at each stop to hear the history. There are also signs all along the way that show you that you are following an Auto Tour. There are also bus tours & private tours that you can purchase @ the museum.
We did the battlefield & the museum in one day. The next day we toured the National Cemetary. You cannot drive into the cemetery you have to walk but it's all paved & there are restrooms available.
Written 8 June 2024
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David L
Murray, UT1,768 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
We did a two-week bus tour from Washington DC to New York, and lots of places in between. Gettysburg was my favorite of all the places, and we visited some amazing places. We had a step-on bus guide that shared incredible knowledge while being entertaining at the same time.
Written 1 June 2024
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TRACY M
Ocoee, TN325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The visitors center was great, we were limited on time so we hard to kinda rush through. They had old weapons, uniforms, and a gift shop with loads of civil war history books and gifts. We will be coming back though we live 8 hrs away.
Written 31 May 2024
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jwb555
Madison, IN34 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Very memorable and educational experience. Our licensed tour guide David D. was great. His knowledge of the park and the different areas of the battlefield and how the battle played out was amazing. David’s passion for the history of this area is wonderful. The cyclorama painting is a must see. Well worth the trip. Highly recommend the guided tour.
Written 30 May 2024
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