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Film, Cyclorama, & Museum Experience
Film, Cyclorama, & Museum Experience
Available Daily
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this must-see film is the perfect way to begin your experience, using fascinating cinematography to illustrate Gettysburg's place in American history. Also included is the Cyclorama: From 1883 to 1884, French artist Paul Philippoteaux and a team of 20 created the massive Cyclorama painting entitled “The Battle of Gettysburg.” This colossal circular oil painting depicts the heroic but doomed charge of the Confederate infantry led by General George Pickett. It serves as a vivid monument to the soldiers on both sides who took part in the battle.

Minimum time: 2 hours
Location start/end: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center




Battlefield Bus Tour
Battlefield Bus Tour

Climb aboard a climate-controlled motor coach for a tour of the battlefield led by a Licensed Battlefield Guide. Along the way, you'll get off the bus several times to experience this hallowed ground.

Tour time: 2 hours
Tours start/end: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center




Eisenhower National Historic Site
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Supreme allied commander during World War II and 34th President of the United States, Dwight David Eisenhower led during some of the pivotal moments of the 20th century. Tour the home and farm that Ike utilized as a presidential retreat, diplomatic venue, then a retirement home with wife and First Lady, Mamie. Join park staff in guided presentations exploring the Eisenhower legacy.

Minimum time: 1.5 hours
Location start/end: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center




Museum Experience
Museum Experience
Available Daily
The Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and its significance to our nation’s history. The museum’s collection of artifacts and archival materials provides visitors perspectives from President Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Generals George Gordon Meade and Robert E. Lee, soldiers, war correspondents and civilians. 

Minimum time: 1 hour
Location start/end: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center


David Wills House
David Wills House

The David Wills House museum, in downtown Gettysburg, tells the story of David Wills, Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. The museum features six galleries, including two rooms that have been restored to their 1863 appearance.

Minimum time: 45 minutes
Location start/end: David Wills House




An Evening with the Painting
An Evening with the Painting

Join the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, on the platform for an exclusive "after-hours," behind-the-scenes program of the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting.

Minimum time: 1.5 hours
Location start/end: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center




Museum Bookstore Events
Museum Bookstore Events

All book signing events are free and open to the public.  These events are held in the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center Book Store unless otherwise indicated. 




Fireside Chats
Fireside Chats

Visitors to the Rupp House History Center will have an opportunity to enjoy a new series of evening Fireside Chats throughout the 2019 spring/summer season. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in the side yard of the Rupp House, located at 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg.




Rupp House Civil War Activities
Rupp House Civil War Activities

Offered on various weekends April through October, the Rupp House Civil War Activities are free and open to the public.  Stop by the Rupp House to experience these events and living history programs depicting how life, for both the soldier and private citizen, was lived during that turbulent time. These demonstrations run from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.




Rupp House Courtyard Chats
Rupp House Courtyard Chats
Gettysburg Foundation will be hosting “Courtyard Chats”on Saturdays at the Historic Rupp House. These talks are free and open to the public.


Illuminated - A lights up look at the Gettysburg Cyclorama
Illuminated - A lights up look at the Gettysburg Cyclorama
Third Thursday Exclusive

A close-up, behind-the-scenes history of the 360-degree painting. Experience the sights and sounds of Pickett’s Charge and view the detail of the painting with the gallery lights on.

Minimum time: 1.5 hours
Location start/end: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center




George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital
George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital

Discover one of the best surviving farms used as a corps field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg—the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital—minutes from the battlefield. Hear the stories of the Spangler family, the soldiers, the surgeons and the civilians. Learn how the Spangler family went from working their 80-acre farm to facing extreme adversity as the farm was transformed into one of the largest field hospitals where more than 1,900 wounded Union and Confederate soldiers were treated. Explore the restored barn that sheltered wounded soldiers. Visit the rehabilitated summer kitchen where Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead reportedly died from wounds received during Pickett's Charge. See Civil War era encampments and mingle with historians from all over the U.S.

Open Friday-Sunday in the summer months and on the Battle Anniversary (July 1-3). The historic site is accessible via shuttle from the Museum & Visitor Center. The shuttle bus travels to and from the Museum & Visitor Center three times each hour, beginning at 10 a.m. with the final shuttle returning to the Visitor Center at 3:20 p.m.

FREE admission with the purchase of a Film, Cyclorama, and Museum ticket. Discount will be reflected in your cart.

Tour time: at least 1 hour plus shuttle time
Tours start/end: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center




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Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Special Programs

Visitors to the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Stationcan enjoy free programming throughout the 2019 summer season. Before and after the programs, take time to explore the station through a self-guided tour. Learn about the railroad’s role at Gettysburg and President Abraham Lincoln’s arrival for the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where he delivered the Gettysburg Address. The museum and programs offer free admission. The Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station is located at 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.




Summer Double Decker Bus Tour
Summer Double Decker Bus Tour

This summer, experience the battlefield on an open air double decker bus. Battlefield Bus Tours are a great way to experience the hallowed ground of the Gettysburg battlefield led by a Licensed Battlefield Guide.

Please note these tours are not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience

Tour time: 2 hours
Tours start/end: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center




Great Conversations at Gettysburg
Great Conversations at Gettysburg
June 29

A series of programs sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation that draw from the themes of Gettysburg. The 2019 Great Conversations at Gettysburg event is brought to you in partnership with Gettysburg College.




July Encounters with History
July Encounters with History
July 20
The Union First Corps First Division of the Army of the Potomac – Morning July 1, 1863 with Licensed Battlefield Guides Larry Korczyk and Bill Trelease
The morning tour of the Day 1 battlefield will detail the action of General Lysander Cutler’s brigade of the First Division of the Union First Corp, while the afternoon tour will cover the action of the Iron Brigade of the First Division of the Union First Corps and the fight on McPherson’s Ridge. Overall, the two tours will involve about a mile of walking over moderately strenuous ground. Good hiking shoes are recommended.