Things To Do
Audiovisual Program: A 26-minute orientation film narrated by James Earl Jones is shown on the hour and the half hour.
Tours: 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. Audiotape or CD programs, which enhance the self-guided tour, may be purchased from the bookstore.
For persons wishing a personalized tour, our non-profit partners, the Antietam Battlefield Guides, will provide you with a guide who will drive your personal vehicle around the park. Our guides have been tested and are experienced and knowledgeable; they also serve as park volunteers. The standard tour lasts two and one-half hours, but many individuals and groups hire guides for longer periods of time. In addition, guides can provide specialty tours. These include tours on particular units or certain areas of the battlefield, as well as other facets of the Maryland Campaign, such as the Siege of Harpers Ferry and the Battles of South Mountain. Tour rates vary depending upon the length of the tour and the size of the group. For more information, please visit www.antietamguides.com. Keep in mind that tour arrangements should be made in advance by calling our museum store at 301-432-4329.
Interpretive Programs: Talks are conducted daily by park rangers. During the summer season Ranger programs are expanded and scheduled more often. Check at the Visitor Center for a daily schedule.
Click here for an illustrated battlefield scavenger hunt brochure (pdf, 460 kb) that you can complete while touring the battlefield and aswering questions.
Be sure to visit the new Pry House Field Hospital Museum. This new museum is located in the historic Pry House which served as Union Commander General George B. McClellan's headquarters during the battle. The museum is sponsored by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
Did You Know?
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."