The Visitor Center
Start your Gettysburg experience here.
The Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park is the best place to start your visit to Gettysburg. Here you will find the National Park Service Information Desk, Visitor Center activities, ticket sales, Museum Bookstore, Refreshment Saloon and restrooms. Entrance to the Visitor Center is free; some activities require tickets.
Gettysburg Visitor Center
November 1 to March 31: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 1 to October 31: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
April 1 to October. 31: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
November 1 to March 31: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
A four-minute video introduction to the Visitor Center.
Tickets for all activities may be purchased at the Ticket Sales counter in the Visitor Center. See Ticket Prices & Packages for a list of activities, battlefield tours, and historic site tour reservations, other ticket purchase methods, costs and discounts. Proceeds from all purchases in the Museum and Visitor Center benefit battlefield preservation.
Visitor Center activities
The Visitor Center features activities that provide an excellent introduction to the Battle of Gettysburg and will prepare you for a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.
The Film and Cyclorama includes A New Birth of Freedom, a film narrated by Morgan Freeman and sponsored by The History Channel, and the Cyclorama, the nation’s largest painting that places visitors in the fury of Pickett’s Charge on the third day of the battle.
The Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War has 11 exhibit galleries featuring Gettysburg National Military Park artifacts and interactive displays and the Gilder Lehrman Institute Special Exhibits Gallery.
The Visitor Center also provides schedules and information on a variety of National Park Service ranger-led programs at the Information Desk in the lobby. These programs are offered throughout the year and listed in our Gettysburg events calendar.
McKenna Foundation Resource Room
The McKenna Foundation Resource Room gives visitors free access to information about the people who lived, worked and fought in Gettysburg, the Battle of Gettysburg, the artifacts collection at Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Gettysburg battlefield monuments. In the McKenna Foundation Resource Room, visitors have free access to several databases, including Ancestry.com, Fold 3 and National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database. The McKenna Foundation Resource Room is available through generous funding provided by the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation.
For more information, please read this blog post from Gettysburg National Military Park.
About the Visitor Center
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center was designed and built in 2008 to provide a proper and permanent home for the Gettysburg National Military Park’s collection of Civil War artifacts. It also provides a comfortable environment from which visitors can learn about the sacrifices made during the Battle of Gettysburg and the causes and the consequences of the American Civil War. Click here for a map of the Visitor Center and Museum and its surrounding grounds.
LEED Gold Certification
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center was designed to meet LEED performance certification standards and was awarded Gold Level Certification in 2010. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is determined by the U.S. Green Building Council, which sets voluntary standards for high performing, sustainable buildings.
Visitor Center Policies
Please note, backpacks are prohibited: The Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park is a federal facility, and backpacks are not permitted inside. Please stow your backpack in your vehicle before entering the facility. We appreciate your cooperation.