The Gettysburg Museum
Learn About Gettysburg and a Divided Nation at War
The Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War offers visitors a museum experience that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and its significance to our nation’s history. The museum’s collection of artifacts and archival items provide visitors perspectives from President Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Generals George Gordon Meade and Robert E. Lee, soldiers, war correspondents and civilians.
Highlights of the Museum Exhibits
Throughout the museum, visitors will find interactive and visual stations. Five of the galleries include short video presentations on the causes of the Civil War, the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg and the results of war, and two “Voices” theaters feature readings from battle participants. Of the 12 galleries, 11 are based on phrases from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and organized around the museum’s major themes, including the Gettysburg Campaign, and the causes and consequences of the American Civil War.
It is recommended that you allow at least 90 minutes to 2 hours to explore the exhibits inside the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. Maps of the museum exhibit galleries are available online here and at the ticket counter and the Information Desk in the lobby of the Museum and Visitor Center. Admission to the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War is included with the Film, Cyclorama and Museum Experience ticket. Museum-only tickets are available and can be purchased at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Museum and Visitor Center.
Special Museum Exhibits
Opened in June 2016, "With Brush, Mold, Chisel, and Pen: Reflections on Civil War Art" is a new exhibit that features some of the most celebrated artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Admission to this special exhibit is included with the purchase of Film, Cyclorama and Museum Experience and museum-only tickets.