• Cannon and Cornfield at Dawn

    Antietam

    National Battlefield Maryland

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Visitor Center hours?

All year 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Antietam Battlefield Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

How much does it cost?

The Park Entrance Fee is $4.00 per person and $6.00 per family.

How often is the movie shown?

A short overview film is shown on the hour and the half hour. This 26-minute movie recreates the battle as well as talks about the importance of Antietam.

How do I tour the Battlefield?

The best way to view the battlefield is to take the self-guided driving tour. The tour road is 8½ miles long with 11 stops. Most visitors drive the route, but walking and biking are encouraged. A CD programs, which enhance the self-guided tour, may be purchased from the bookstore.

How do I get there?

There is no public transportation to the battlefield. Click here to get directions and a map to drive to the park.

Was Antietam before or after Gettysburg?

The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, was fought about nine months after Antietam, September 17, 1862. Antietam was the result of the first invasion of the North by the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, Gettysburg was the result of the second northern invasion.

Did You Know?

Artillery at Antietam

Over 500 cannons participated in the Battle of Antietam, firing over 50,000 rounds of ammunition. The cannonade was so severe that Confederate artillery commander Colonel S.D. Lee described the battle as "artillery hell."