Visitor Center

The front of the Museum and Visitor Center and the park sign.
Make the Museum and Visitor Center your first stop when visiting the battlefield.

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Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is the place to begin your visit to the battlefield. Here visitors will find information on how to visit the park and what to see around Gettysburg.

Summer Hours (April 1 - October 31) - 8 am - 6 pm
Winter Hours (November 1 - March 31) - 9 am - 5 pm
Closed - Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Early Closure - 2 pm on Christmas Eve
Visit our Operating Hours & Seasons page for more information.
For more information about fees for the Museum, Film, Cyclorama painting, Licensed Battlefield Guides, David Wills House, and Eisenhower National Historic Site, please visit our Fees & Passes page.
To make reservations for the Museum, Film, Cyclorama painting, Licensed Battlefield Guides, David Wills House, and Eisenhower National Historic Site, please visit the Gettysburg Foundation Ticket Prices and Packages page.
For more information about our seasonal interpretive programs and schedule, please visit our Ranger Programs at Gettysburg page.
 
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This video provides more information about how to plan your visit to Gettysburg National Military Park.

 

 
Two visitors talk with a park ranger about their visit to the battlefield.
Stop by the National Park Service information desk to learn more about your visit to the battlefield.

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National Park Service Information Desk

Stop by the National Park Service Information Desk and talk to a friendly park ranger to find our more about your visit. Our rangers will be able to provide more information about the offerings in the Museum and Visitor Center and explain all your options for touring the battlefield. Pick up a park map and guide to help you navigate park roads and ask about other seasonal publications that list special ranger-led programs and tours and where and when they meet.

For more information about our seasonal interpretive programs and schedules, please visit our Ranger Programs at Gettysburg page.

For more information about Living History programs and schedules, please visit our Living History page.

 
This museum map labels the building entrances, theaters, restrooms, bookstore, education center, refreshment saloon, and information, tickets, and memberships desks.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center map.

Gettysburg Foundation

Museum, Film, and Cyclorama Painting

The Museum and Visitor Center is owned and operated by the Gettysburg Foundation. The Gettysburg Foundation is the non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to educate the public about their significance.

Although the building is free to enter, there are fees for the following:
  • Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War.
  • Film, A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by award winning actor Morgan Freeman.
  • Cyclorama painting depicting Pickett's Charge.
Visit our Fees and Passes page for more information.

To make reservations for the Museum, Film, and Cyclorama painting, please visit the Gettysburg Foundation Ticket Prices and Packages page.
 
Visitors move around inside the cannon gallery inside the park museum.
Visitors move around inside one of the many galleries inside the park museum.

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Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War

The Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, featuring items from one of the largest collections of Civil War relics in the world, is available for viewing during regular center hours. With 22,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum features relics of the Battle of Gettysburg and personalities who served in the Civil War, inter-active exhibits, and multi-media presentations that cover the conflict from beginning to end as well as describe the Battle of Gettysburg and its terrible aftermath.
 
The film, A New Birth of Freedom, is playing inside the theater. The scene depicts pictures of three soldiers who fought in the battle.
The film, "A New Birth of Freedom", plays in the theater.

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Film - "A New Birth of Freedom"

A 20 minute film, A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by award winning actor Morgan Freeman, about the Battle of Gettysburg is shown every 15 minutes throughout the day during the summer and every 30 minutes during the winter. The film will orient you to the battle and Gettysburg's place in the American Civil War.
 
The Cyclorama painting wraps around to the right, the diorama is at its base, and the light and sound system is to the left.
The Cyclorama painting as seen from above.

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Cyclorama Painting

French artist Paul Philippoteaux took brush to canvas and created the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. He spent months on the battlefield researching the battle with veterans, a battlefield guide and a photographer. It took Philippoteaux and a team of assistants more than a year to complete the painting.The result is a breathtaking canvas that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high. Longer than a football field and as tall as a four-story structure, the Gettysburg Cyclorama oil painting, along with light and sound effects, immerses visitors in the fury of Pickett’s Charge during the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
 
Staff operate the ticket desk. There are staff seated behind a long counter with colored signs behind them describing tours and costs.
The Ticketing Desk is where visitors obtain tickets for fee related programs and tours.

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Ticketing Desk

Visit the Ticketing Desk to obtain tickets for the following fee related programs and tours:
  • Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War
  • Film - "A New Birth of Freedom"
  • Cyclorama Painting
  • Licensed Battlefield Guides
  • David Wills House (Note: From June 9 - August 12, 2018, admission to the David Wills House will be FREE.)
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site transportation fee
 
A Licensed Battlefield Guide gives a tour of the battlefield at the Virginia memorial. One guide and two visitors stand near the Virginia memorial.
A Licensed Battlefield Guide give a tour of the battlefield at the Virginia memorial.

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Licensed Battlefield Guides

For more than 100 years, Licensed Battleield Guides have helped thousands of park visitors better understand the Battle of Gettysburg. Licensed Battlefield Guides are rigorously tested and licensed by Gettysburg National Military Park and provide a vital cornerstone to the visitor experience and play a key role in the park's mission. Licensed Battlefield Guides offer two-hour car tours and bus tours from the Museum and Visitor Center. Tours are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also make advanced reservations.
 

Car Tour Fees
1-6 people per vehicle = $75.00
7-15 people per vehicle = $100.00
16+ people per vehicle = $150.00

Bus Tour Fees
Adults (age 13+) = $35.00
Youth (ages 6-12) = $21.00
Children (5 and under) = FREE
Visit our Work With Us page to learn more about the Licensed Battlefield Guide examination process and when the next exam is scheduled.
Visit the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides website to learn more about the history of the guides, tours, and more.
 
The David Wills House diorama shows the house in miniture.
The Wills House diorama exhibit of downtown Gettysburg inside the David Wills House.

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David Wills House

The home of Gettysburg attorney David Wills was the center of the immense clean-up process after the Battle of Gettysburg and where President Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address, the speech that transformed Gettysburg from a place of death and devastation to the symbol of our nation's "new birth of freedom."

The house includes a museum that features six galleries, including two rooms that have been restored to their 1863 appearance: Wills' office, where he received letters from families looking for loved ones after the battle and began planning for a cemetery and its dedication; and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed and prepared the Gettysburg Address.

Visit our David Wills House page for more information about how to visit the Wills House including hours of operation, fees and reservations, and location.

 
Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower stand arm in arm off the rear patio of their Gettysburg home.
Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower stand arm in arm off the rear patio of their Gettysburg home.

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.

Visit our Eisenhower National Historic Site page for more information about how to visit the home of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower including hours of operation, tours, reservations, transportation fee, and more.
 

Other Helpful Information

The Museum and Visitor Center also includes food and drink options at the Refreshment Saloon and Battlegrounds Cafe, the Museum Bookstore with Gettysburg and Civil War related books for the novice and the aficionado alike, as well as the McKenna Foundation Resource Room that provides free access to the public to research the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War.
 
The Battlegrounds Cafe offers food and drink for park visitors. There is a cooler and a long counter and a menu sign.
The Refreshment Saloon and Battlegrounds Cafe provide all the food and drink options that worn out troops need after a long march.

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Refreshment Saloon and Battlegrounds Cafe

It's been a long march and your canteen has run dry and you've exhausted the last morsals of hardtack and salt pork from your haversack. What now? The Refreshment Saloon and Battlegrounds Cafe offer sandwiches, salads, soups, chili, fruits, desserts, beverages, and much more. They're a great place to rest for weary troops after a long march.
 
Visitors move around the Museum Bookstore. There are multiple people looking at book and walking around tables stacked with books.
Visitors search the Museum Bookstore for their favorite book.

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Museum Bookstore

The Museum Bookstore, located in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, is your first stop for books, DVD's, audio battlefield tours, postcards and other items that will make your visit to Gettysburg a memory to last. The store also offers a variety of books on President and Mrs. Eisenhower and other areas of interest in the Gettysburg area. The Museum Bookstore is open during regular visitor center hours and operated in partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation by Event Network, Inc.

For information on books, videos, DVD's, and other mechandise offered by the Museum Bookstore, call (717) 334-2288.

 
A park volunteer sits at a computer in the McKenna Foundation Resource Room ready to help visitors with their research questions.
A park volunteer sits at a computer in the McKenna Foundation Resource Room ready to help visitors with their research questions.

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McKenna Foundation Resource Room

Open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the McKenna Resource Room gives visitors free access to information using Ancestry.com, Fold 3 and National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors databases. Some of these resources also allow you to go beyond the Civil War and look up information about soldiers that served more recently. Pension records, census data, birth, death, and marriage records and much more are only a click away. No reservations are needed.

Whether you are visiting Gettysburg for just a day, or if you live in the local community and love genealogy, we hope you find the new McKenna Resource Room at Gettysburg National Military Park a useful tool to uncover your family history.

 

Accessibility

Information about accessible parking, restrooms, temporary wheelchair use, service dogs, and more can be found on our Accessibility page.
 

Safety

Pets are not allowed in the Museum and Visitor Center but service dogs are welcome. Visit our Pets page for more information.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is owned and operated by the Gettysburg Foundation, which also owns and administers the grounds and parking lots adjacent to the building. The carrying or possession of any type of weapon on the grounds of the visitor center or in the building is prohibited with the exception of law enforcement officers or officials that are within their jurisdiction.

Firearms in National Parks: The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010. Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws. The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances. The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. For more information about gun laws in Pennsylvania, please visit the Pennsylvania State Police web site.
Backpacks are not permitted in the Museum and Visitor Center. Exceptions are backpacks that are considered to be medical and/or first-aid packs, camera bags, or baby essential bags. Security guards were proactively added to the Museum and Visitor Center with the ever-changing level of security being incorporated at museums and parks around the country. They will help ensure the safety of all visitors to the complex, which accommodates more than one million visitors each year.
Bicycles are not permitted on the sidewalks or walking paths. Bicycles are to be parked at the bike racks provided in Bay #1 of Parking Lot #1. They are not permitted to be locked to the building, trees, or signs.

Last updated: May 22, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone:

(717) 334-1124

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