Places To Go
(National Park Service)
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MUSEUM AND VISITOR CENTER
The National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center at 1195 Baltimore Pike (Rt. 97) is the place to begin your visit. The center offers information on park tours and local information, a museum that illustrates the story of the Civil War and the epic Battle of Gettysburg, the film "A New Birth of Freedom" narrated by award winning actor Morgan Freeman, and the Gettysburg Cyclorama, the 1884 depiction of the final fury at Gettysburg, "Pickett's Charge". The center also hosts a Resources Room with information on park exhibits and soldier search databases, an expansive bookstore and Refreshment Saloon. Refer to our Fees and Reservations page for the price of entry to the museum exhibits, film and cyclorama program. The Museum and Visitor Center is operated by the Gettysburg Foundation.
The Museum and Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from November 1 to March 31, and from 8:00 to 6:00 P.M. from April 1 through October 31. The center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Check our Operating Hours and Seasons page for further information.
(Main Street Gettysburg)
THE DAVID WILLS HOUSE
Attorney David Wills' home in Gettysburg was not just in the center of Gettysburg, it was the center of the immense clean-up process after the Battle of Gettysburg and where President Abraham Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address. The speech transformed Gettysburg's community from a place of devastation to the symbol of our nation's new birth of freedom.
The Wills House museum features six galleries, two of which include rooms that have been restored to their 1863 appearance: Will's office where he received letters from families looking for loved ones after the battle and undertook plans for a national cemetery and its dedication; and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed the night before he delivered the Gettysburg Address.
The Wills House is operated by the Gettysburg Foundation, the official support organization with Gettysburg National Military Park, and is listed on the Register of National Historic Places.
2016 Operating Hours
December: 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday
March & April: 10 am - 4 pm, Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays)
May through August: 10 am - 5 pm, Daily
September & October: 10 am - 4 pm, Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays)
There is a fee to enter the Wills House. For further information, visit or Fees and Reservations page.
McMILLAN WOODS YOUTH CAMPGROUND
McMillian Woods Youth Campground is open to scout troops and youth organizations from mid-April through the end of October every year. Camping here is by reservation only and camp sites are reserved on a first come, first served basis. There is no commercial campground in the battlefield park and individual camping is not allowed within the park. Click here to learn more about McMillan Woods Youth Campground.