Is there a fee to drive through the park?
There is no fee for entrance to the park, National Cemetery, or park buildings. There is a fee for the film, Cyclorama, and museum. Full details on our Visitor Center page.
What are the park hours?
Gettysburg National Military Park is open year-round. Park grounds & roads and Gettysburg National Cemetery are open thirty minutes before sunrise to thirty minutes after sunset. Full details on our Operating Hours & Seasons page.
Where should I begin my visit?
We recommend that you begin your visit at the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center at 1195 Baltimore Pike and start with the film "A New Birth of Freedom", a twenty minute film narrated by Morgan Freeman that sets the stage for you visit to the battlefield. Following the film, visitors get to experience the Gettysburg Cyclorama, the monumental 1884 painting that depicts "Pickett's Charge". Afterward, visit the center's extensive museum featuring artifacts from the Battle of Gettysburg and Civil War sites from around the country. Audio-visual presentations in the galleries help guide visitors through all three days of the battle and understand the causes and lasting effects of the Civil War. Plan on spending at least three hours in the museum and visitor center and there is a fee for entry to the film, museum galleries and cyclorama program.
What is the best way to tour the battlefield?
Visitors may tour the park on their own with the use of a self-guiding park map, hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide for a personal touch, or use one of the commercially available audio tours. Full details on our Visitor Center page.
Does the park have bus tours?
Yes. Full details on our Visitor Center page.
Does the park offer horseback riding tours?
Horseback riding tours of the field are offered by commercial companies near Gettysburg. Visit the Destination Gettysburg website for more details. Horses are required to stay on designated trails in the park.
Can we camp and picnic on the battlefield?
The park offers McMillan Woods Youth Campground to organized scouting groups and other such organizations. Youth camping is by reservation only. The Gettysburg area has several commercial campgrounds, all within easy driving distance of the battlefield park. Visit the Destination Gettysburg website for more details. There is no private camping allowed in the park.
There are two picnic areas in the park at the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center and on South Confederate Avenue. Open fires are not allowed at park picnic sites.
Can we go into the old houses and buildings on the battlefield?
Most of the battlefield farms are private quarters for park employees and their families and are not open to the public. The Leister House (Meade’s Headquarters), the Brian (Bryan) House are all park exhibits, some with historically furnished interiors that visitors can view through the windows of each house.
How can I find out about the annual reenactment, museums, hotels and restaurants in Gettysburg?
Visit the Destination Gettysburg website for more details. The annual reenactment is held on private land in Adams County and not within Gettysburg National Military Park.
What is the “Gettysburg Cyclorama”?
The Gettysburg Cyclorama is a 360-degree oil on canvas painting 377 feet long by 42 feet high that depicts the full fury of “Pickett’s Charge”. This unique painting, first shown in Boston in 1884 before coming to Gettysburg in 1913, is now featured in its own specially designed space in the Museum and Visitor Center. Full details on our Cyclorama Painting page.
How can I find out about my ancestor who was a soldier and may have been at Gettysburg?
Gettysburg National Military Park does not maintain a comprehensive list of soldiers who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, nor do we have a database of individual soldier records. Military service records for Union and Confederate soldiers are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. For information on ordering an individual’s records, go to the National Archives web site at https://www.archives.gov. The park does have a comprehensive database of Pennsylvania soldiers who fought at Gettysburg as well as the dead and wounded of both armies. Inquire at the park information desk for assistance with this information.
Where can I find a list of those soldiers buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery?
The Veteran's Administration now offers a free searchable database of burials in national cemeteries throughout the United States, including Gettysburg. Visit the VA web site at http://www.va.gov for further information and to search the database.
When are the ranger guided programs given and what is the schedule?
Ranger programs are offered on a seasonal basis. Full details on our Ranger Programs page.
Most of the Union soldiers are buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery at Gettysburg. What happened to the Confederate dead?
The southern dead were removed to cemeteries in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia between 1871 and 1873. Most of the Confederate dead were interred at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia in a special section set aside specifically for the casualties of Gettysburg.
How many monuments are on the battlefield?
There are approximately 1,328 monuments, markers and memorials at Gettysburg National Military Park.
I know a lot about Gettysburg. How do I get to become a battlefield guide?
The Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg National Military Park are a unique service. Guides are individuals who have proven their abilities and knowledge through a series of written and oral exams before they are licensed by the National Park Service. Dates for the written test will be announced as the need arises to fill spaces in the guide force. Full details on our Work With Us page.