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Gettysburg National Park, Gettysburg, PA

Learn about the Battle of Gettysburg at Gettysburg National Military Park as part of this group motorcoach vacation package. Fought over a three day period in July of 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the American Civil War. The Union victory ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. It was the bloodiest battle during the Civil War and what inspired President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Today the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center serves as a gateway to the Battle of Gettysburg, providing an environment in which visitors can learn about the sacrifices made during the Battle of Gettysburg and the causes and the consequences of the American Civil War.

Visiting Gettysburg National Park

During your visit to the Gettysburg National Park, explore the Museum and Visitor Center, offering an excellent introduction to the Battle of Gettysburg. Start your time in the Museum and Visitor Center with the Gettysburg film, A New Birth of Freedom. Discover pieces from the Gettysburg National Park’s collection including the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a cyclorama painting by French artist Paul Philippoteaux depicting Pickett's Charge.

Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting

Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting

Picture of Cyclorama, Nations Largest Painting

Cyclorama, the Nations Largest Painting

View of  the Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting

View the Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting

Lincoln Statue outside of David Wills House

Lincoln Statue outside of David Wills House

Statue of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Statue

Sign Outside Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

Picture of a Tour Guide

Guided Tours Available

View from the Gettysburg National Park

Gettysburg National Park

View of High Water Mark along Hancock Avenue

High Water Mark along Hancock Avenue

View of a walking path at Gettysburg National Park

Gettysburg National Park

Picture of a Gettysburg Monument

Visit the Gettysburg Monuments

Gettysburg National Park

A Cannon in the Gettysburg Museum

View of Gettysburg Horse Soldier Exhibit

Gettysburg Horse Soldier Exhibit

Interior view of Gettysburg National Park Museum

Gettysburg National Park Museum

View of the Gettysburg Museum

Visit The Gettysburg Museum

Interior View of the Information Center

National Park Service Ranger-led Programs

Picture of a Gun Collection

View the Extensive Gun Collection

View of the Museum & Visitor Center

Entrance to the Museum & Visitors Center

Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting
Picture of Cyclorama, Nations Largest Painting Cyclorama, the Nations Largest Painting
View of  the Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting View the Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting
Sign Outside Gettysburg National Military Park Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg National Park A Cannon in the Gettysburg Museum

The Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center

Exhibits

Museum and Visitor Center exhibits chronicle the Civil War, from what caused it to its bloody end, with extensive displays on the battle of Gettysburg and the personalities who served in the armies as well as the civilians who were affected by the war.  Artifacts from one of the largest Civil War collections in the world are showcased throughout the center bringing the exhibits to life.  Additional resources on individuals who served in the war can be found in the Resource Room at the end of the museum galleries, offering computers to further research and to help answer questions about the soldiers who served at Gettysburg and elsewhere. 

A New Birth of Freedom

Gain a better understanding of how the events of the Battle of Gettysburg fit into the larger context of the Civil War and American history during the Museum and Visitor Center’s exclusive film, A New Birth of Freedom. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring the voices of Sam Waterston and Marcia Gay Harden, the 20-minute film will set the stage for the Gettysburg Cyclorama.

Gettysburg Cyclorama

Admire the detail of the Gettysburg Cyclorama, created by French artist Paul Philippoteaux and his team of assistants. Philippoteaux spent months investigating the Battle of Gettysburg with the help of veterans, a battlefield guide and photographer, before completing the work of art. Today the breathtaking canvas is displayed in the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center, measuring at 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high. With an overhead canopy and three-dimensional diorama foreground with realistic stone walls, broken fences, shattered trees and a cannon, the Gettysburg cyclorama allows you to immerse yourself into the bloody battle of Pickett’s Charge during the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Shopping at Gettysburg

Be sure to stop by the Museum Bookstore. A wide selection of gifts, keepsakes and educational materials related to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War and Pennsylvania are available to purchase including books, DVD’s and postcards.

Travel Tips

- Start or end your visit to Gettysburg National Military Park in the Museum and Visitor Center’s Refreshment Saloon, offering a selection of snacks, sandwiches and drinks.

- A New Birth of Freedom is shown every 15 minutes during the Museum and Visitor Center’s opening hours.

- The Gettysburg Museum and Visitor is ADA compliant. 

View of Gettysburg Horse Soldier Exhibit Gettysburg Horse Soldier Exhibit
Interior view of Gettysburg National Park Museum Gettysburg National Park Museum
View of the Gettysburg Museum Visit The Gettysburg Museum
Picture of a Gun Collection View the Extensive Gun Collection
View of the Museum & Visitor Center Entrance to the Museum & Visitors Center