Gettysburg National Military Park’s museum collection consists of approximately 1.2 million artifacts, manuscripts, and works of art that document the Battle of Gettysburg, the American Civil War, and the development of Gettysburg National Military Park. The collections consist of four primary components: archival documents, archeological materials, historical artifacts, and works of art.
Archival and archeological materials are the largest volume part of the collection. Archival collections include photographs, books, and documents (including government archival and resource management records). Archeological materials consist of artifacts uncovered during compliance testing for park property improvements and historical landscape survey projects.
Art holdings include paintings (the largest being the 1885 Gettysburg Cyclorama painting by French artist Paul Dominique Philippoteaux), drawings, sculpture, and folk art. The collection also contains a limited number of historic structure and landscape elements preserved from historic structures and monuments currently or once on the battlefield. The park’s museum collections support a multitude of interpretive and resource stewardship operations across the park.
The park’s primary philanthropic partner, Gettysburg Foundation, owns and manages the artifact collections from the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia (formerly the collection of the Pennsylvania Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States), supplementing the park’s Civil War collections. Artifacts from both collections are exhibited in the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center, the David Wills House, and selected parks and museums nationwide.
Museum Collection Preservation
Last updated: July 27, 2023