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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.

Bonus Exhibition

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, explores the history of citizen participation, debate and compromise in the formation of our nation. This traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution is available from July 20 until November 10, 2019

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. 

Bonus Exhibition

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, explores the history of citizen participation, debate and compromise in the formation of our nation. This traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution is available from July 20 until November 10, 2019

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




Sunset Battlefield Tour
Sunset Battlefield Tour

Experience an unforgettable evening on iconic Little Round Top as the sun sets over the valley. Sit back and take in the history of Gettysburg’s hallowed ground from a double decker bus, accompanied by an expert Licensed Battlefield Guide.

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

Tour time: 2 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




Fall Equinox Double Decker Bus Tour
Fall Equinox Double Decker Bus Tour
Third Thursday Exclusive

Celebrate the beginning of fall with this special sunset tour of the battlefield. Experience an unforgettable evening on iconic Little Round Top as the sun sets over the valley. Sit back and take in the history of Gettysburg’s hallowed ground from a double decker bus, accompanied by an expert 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




First Corps Event
First Corps Event
Septebmber 6 & 7
A two-day exclusive program for First Corps Friends! On Friday, September 6th, Licensed Battlefield Guides Chris Army and Britt Isenberg will be presenting Stuart's Ride to the Potomac: A Tour in Review as a refresher of last year's program. On Saturday, September 7th, both gentlemen will be presenting Stuart Invades Pennsylvania: Stuart's Ride, bringing Stuart and his men closer to the clash here at Gettysburg.


Fall Volunteer Work Days
Fall Volunteer Work Days
September 16 & 17
Gettysburg remains in pristine condition thanks in part to the hands-on work done by volunteers. The Spring Volunteer Work Days are your opportunity to help preserve and maintain Gettysburg's national parks. You can volunteer both days or just one.


September Encounters with History
September Encounters with History
September 21
Battlefield Surgical and Anesthesia Care with Licensed Battlefield Guides Dr. Rick Schroeder and Fran Feyock, CRNA
This is a full-day outdoor program. An outdoor program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. tracing the wounded soldiers of the 148th PA as they are treated. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, we will discuss the wounds of significant Gettysburg generals at the site of their injuries. Both tours include easy walking on mostly even ground.


Gettysburg History Symposium
Gettysburg History Symposium
October 4 & 5
This year attendees are invited to enjoy the collective efforts of Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg Foundation as they treat you to the experience that you have come to expect from the Park's Semi-Annual Seminar and the Foundation's Fall Muster combinded into one exciting event!


Gettysburg Foundation Gala
Gettysburg Foundation Gala

October 5

Hosted by event Co-Chairs Governor Tom Corbett and Mrs. Susan Corbett and Dr. Robert Wilburn, founding President of the Gettysburg Foundation, the evening will include a keynote address from George Will and presentation of the inaugural Kinsley Award to actor Stephen Lang in recognition of his multi-faceted contributions to Gettysburg. Exclusive VIP cocktail reception with special guests begins at 5:30, followed by the general cocktail party at 6:00, dinner in the Museum and Visitor Center Lobby at 7:00, and the program at 8:00, including presentation of The Kinsley Award at Gettysburg to Stephen Lang and a Great Conversation with George Will. 




October Encounters with History
October Encounters with History

October 26
Civilians during the Battle: Stories of Women, Men, and Children with Licensed Battlefield Guides Chuck Burkell and Susan Strumello

Due to popular demand, a NEW afternoon session has been added to this program!




Remembrance Day Illumination
Remembrance Day Illumination
November 23
The 17th Annual Remembrance Day Illumination will be held at the Solders' National Cemetery from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.


December Encounters with History
December Encounters with History
December 7
The Gettysburg Electric Railway: An Early Preservation Battle with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman
This is a full-day indoor and outdoor program. A lecture will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Ford Education Center in the Gettysburg National Military Park museum and Visitor Center, followed by a moderate walking tour from 12:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.