Civil War Tails At the Homestead Diorama Museum

Civil War Tails At the Homestead Diorama Museum

Civil War Tails At the Homestead Diorama Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Explore breathtakingly accurate dioramas of Civil War battles—all created with thousands of miniature cats!
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  • casinoguymichigan
    389 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Diorama
    Very nice but not to be confused with "Gettysburg Diorama" which I unfortunately didn't have time to visit. This was all created by two sisters and covers the entire lower floor of the house. Admission was fair and the dioramas are marked as to the location with information cards and items to read. A lot of time was taken to make all these dioramas and it's nice to support the effort by taking some time to look it over.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 August 2023
  • brian k
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this before touring Gettysburg
    We had a wonderful time at this unique diorama museum. I think it's a must stop when visiting Gettysburg. We spent almost an hour looking at the intricate diorama recreations of civil war events, most of them depicting moments in time during the battle of Gettysburg. One of the sisters who built these dioramas walked us though the different dioramas and she proved to be an expert on all things Gettysburg. She really helped us understand what we were about to see in touring the battle memorial. Oh, and by the way, all the dioramas feature cats instead of people. I really recommend spending time here before touring the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Holly L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique Experience for any Age!
    We had an incredible time at the Civil War Tails Museum! Our two kids (9 and 5) absolutely loved it. The owner was so knowledgeable and happily answered all of our questions; even taking a group photo of us! Would definitely recommend for any age and will be back!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
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dave36645
Spraggs, PA294 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
I bought my boy to Gettysburg to learn some history before it's removed. We checked out a lot of sites and museums. We stopped and checked out the orphanage that was there during the battle which was nice. Next door was the Diorama Museum, a large civil war era home. We went in and it was only $6.50 each, that was the best part, we were in and looked at everything and out in 5 minutes.
The few exhibits they had was made by the two sister that own the place, and 25% was made of Japan wars.
I feel bad only giving 1 star because the owner was very nice, but I want travelers to know what I think. This was by far the worse exhibit in Gettysburg. It wasn't even worth the dollar to park.
Written 24 July 2021
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brian k
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had a wonderful time at this unique diorama museum. I think it's a must stop when visiting Gettysburg. We spent almost an hour looking at the intricate diorama recreations of civil war events, most of them depicting moments in time during the battle of Gettysburg. One of the sisters who built these dioramas walked us though the different dioramas and she proved to be an expert on all things Gettysburg. She really helped us understand what we were about to see in touring the battle memorial. Oh, and by the way, all the dioramas feature cats instead of people. I really recommend spending time here before touring the area.
Written 9 October 2023
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RV
Shreveport, LA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
For people that gave this a bad review - remind me never to go on a vacation with you. This was a blast. Yes, it's weird, but it's wonderful and these sisters know their Civil War history. They started this at 11 years old - I wish every 11 year old would be this creative in how they approach learning about history. Go see it, enjoy it for what it is, but mainly for the creativity that two 11 year old sisters started doing. It's wonderful and we got a tour by one of the sisters, she was extremely nice. THe merch is pretty cool, too.
Written 30 March 2021
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Holly L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had an incredible time at the Civil War Tails Museum! Our two kids (9 and 5) absolutely loved it. The owner was so knowledgeable and happily answered all of our questions; even taking a group photo of us! Would definitely recommend for any age and will be back!
Written 15 April 2024
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GettysburgLocal
Gettysburg, PA37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
It pains me to write this review, because I met the owners, and they are very nice people who seem passionate about their work.

This is a small "museum", which at the time of my visit, was extraordinarily small. It features several dioramas of "cats" participating in Civil War skirmishes. There are some facts about the war to accompany the dioramas.

It seems a stretch to call this a "museum" given the numerous museums around town with real artifacts, art, and information about the Civil War. The "cats" don't even look like real cats to me. I recommend that you go to their website and look at some of the photos and judge the quality of the artwork for yourself before you commit to visiting.

It would be one thing if this were a free exhibit, or if it were a small part of a larger experience. But my personal opinion is that patronizing this store is not the best use of a visitor's time and money.
Written 11 May 2017
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Julian
Winnipeg, Canada47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
For it’s obvious historic content I had wanted to visit Gettysburg for sometime now but would my wife and daughter be as excited to tour a battlefield? Enter Civil War tails to the rescue. What they have done here is fantastic, the attention to detail, the knowledge of the battle fought and of course the cats. Cats on horseback, cats on the charge, cats manning the cannons and cats in ironclads brought the Battlefield(s) to life in a wonderfully bizarre way. We were lucky to have the place to ourselves late one Monday and were given a guided tour by one of the Sister/ owners who was a delight and knowledgeable guide. I would recommend this spot to everyone visiting the town
Written 25 August 2019
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Jaclyn P
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Thought we were going to the big diorama of Gettysburg and went here instead. I can appreciate the artists' work and dedication, but it felt like we were looking at their middle school history project. The soldiers were all small cats. A little bizarre.
Written 27 August 2016
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Dear Jacklyn P, Thank you for your review. We're sorry that you did not find the diorama you were expecting, which is the "Gettysburg Diorama," located on Steinwehr Avenue. When we are made aware that a visitor is actually looking for the Gettysburg Diorama, we are happy to direct them to the right location. Rather than offer one large diorama that tells the entire story of the battle, Civil War Tails offers to-scale representations of single moments in history, so the two museums offer different and, we believe, complementary experiences. Our museum also includes some of our older dioramas to show children how we started out and to encourage them to pursue history or artistic endeavors.
Written 6 September 2016
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mjl11940
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We spent some time here on our first evening in Gettysburg. It was helpful and informative to get a handle on the layout of the area. The gentlemen running the show was very kind and helpful!
Written 12 April 2021
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Allen J F
Bayside, NY75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This museum contains several interesting and highly informative Dioramas about the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. Detailed explanations appear next to each Diorama, and throughout the museum. The Museum Staff are all very helpful and extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter presented. This attraction is well worth a visit, even for those travelers who are very short on time. It also should be mentioned that this museum offers very customer friendly hours of operation.
Written 28 September 2018
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Tracy E
Baltimore, MD83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
I am not a civil war buff by any means- but I love cats and dioramas, so I thought I would give learning about the civil war another chance here, and I'm really glad I did.

My boyfriend and I visited around 7pm, and were given a tour by one of the creators, Rebecca. We were the only visitors at the time, so I’m not sure if that is standard practice or just luck, but her tour and interpretation was wonderful- like I said, we didn’t know much about the particulars of the battle of Gettysburg or much else about the civil war going in. If you walk around by yourself, there are a lot of clear, well-written, explanatory text boxes on each of the dioramas, as well, so you will not be lost. we spent about an hour here (they close at 8pm), but give yourself more time if you really want to examine everything.

Rebecca’s seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of the war was impressive, as were the dioramas. The level of detail, craftsmanship, and attention to storytelling really brought the battles to life for me- I was able to kneel down and look at the battlefield from a soldier’s perspective and see the enemy advancing, in a way I couldn’t imagine when we visited the empty battlefields, and I felt sympathy for the (cat) soldiers that I hadn’t been able to channel before. I learned a lot, both about the war and the human impact- I felt like I understood for the first time the fascination people have for the civil war, and maybe especially for the battle of Gettysburg.

I really can’t recommend Civil War Tails highly enough. Whether you are interested in the civil war or dioramas or cats or craftsmanship, there is a lot to see and learn here.
Written 28 August 2018
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