Plan Your Visit

A ranger program on July 2.

Visitors experience the history of Gettysburg with a National Park Service Ranger.

(National Park Service)

Ranger program at Gettysburg

Your visit to Gettysburg National Military Park should be time well spent! The mission of the National Park Service and its supporting partner, the Gettysburg Foundation, is to provide visitors with a quality experience while visiting the Museum and Visitor Center, walking in the Soldiers' National Cemetery where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, and while touring the battlefield park. There are a number of suggestions we can offer to help you map out the time you will spend at the park and the information on this page will assist you with planning your visit. We encourage you to explore our other web pages, especially Things to Do and Things to Know Before You Come as these provide up to date information on park events and programs that will be of interest.

Begin your visit...
at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, where the park offers free information, an extensive museum about Gettysburg and the Civil War, the fully restored Gettysburg Cyclorama that dramatically depicts "Pickett's Charge", and the film "A New Birth of Freedom", narrated by award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, which focuses on the significance of Gettysburg. There is an admission fee for the museum, film and Gettysburg Cyclorama. The center also provides information on the numerous ways to tour the battlefield park by car, bus or with a Licensed Battlefield Guide. There is also an expansive bookstore managed by Event Network, Inc., and a refreshment saloon that offers snacks, sandwiches and drinks in a Civil War period atmosphere. Shuttle buses to Eisenhower National Historic Site are available from the Visitor Center.

Plan to spend a minimum of four hours at the park, though an entire day is more desirable if you wish to take advantage of the museum, film and cyclorama program, have a leisurely tour of the park and visit nearby attractions. Visitors typically spend three and one half hours in the museum alone!

A variety of battlefield tours...
can be arranged at the Museum and Visitor Center- tour the park with a Licensed Battlefield Guide in the convenience of your own vehicle or ride along with others on a tour bus accompanied by a guide (offered seasonally). There is a fee for a guided tour. We also offer self-guiding auto tours and tours on compact disk available for purchase at the museum book store. Commercial bus tours of the park are available through companies in Gettysburg.

Park visitors at the museum

A vist to Gettysburg is a stirring experience.

(National Park Service)


National Park Service ranger programs....
are offered annually from April through October, with the core season of programs from mid-June through mid-August. Led by a National Park Service Ranger or summer intern, programs cover a variety of subjects including the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, the Gettysburg Address, soldier life, Civil War medicine, as well as other general topics related to the battle and Civil War. The park also offers extended battlefield walking tours and campfire programs during the summer months. A full description of our programs is posted on our Summer Ranger Programs page with special programs and schedule linked from our Things to Do page.

Living History at Gettysburg...
is a special program featuring volunteer groups that portray Union and Confederate infantry, artillery and cavalry organizations as well as surgical units, Civil War-period civilian societies, and specialized units such as sharpshooters or signal corps personnel with encampments and demonstrations at selected sites in the park. Limited to weekends, living history programs begin in the spring and last through the early fall. Check our Schedule of Events page for the complete line up of living history weekends at Gettysburg.

During the summer months, the park has a program entitled "A Visit to the Past" with costumed interpreters who portray persons who experienced the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. These programs are scheduled on a daily basis from mid-June through mid-August. Check for a schedule of programs on our Things to Do page.

When Student Groups visit the park...
they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs designed specifically for school groups. For a full description of our offerings, visit our For Teachers pages.

Special concerns for health and safety...
at Gettysburg are no different than planning to visit any park or natural area. There are minor hazards associated with every park in the nation and Gettysburg is no exception. Insects and wild life can all pose a health hazard during your visit and we have advice for you on our Things to Know Before You Visit page.

Follow the links at the top of this page for additional information on planning your visit or call (717) 334-1124, extension 8023 for further information on park offerings. Also check this web site for updates and schedules.

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