Visit the Rupp House: Interactive History Center and Home of the Friends of Gettysburg
Through interactive exhibits that use sight, sound, touch and even smell, Rupp House guests are able to immerse themselves in 19th-century culture and learn about the civilians and the soldiers who struggled here, the John Rupp family and the preservation work that is critical to understanding the Battle of Gettysburg. The Rupp House is the in-town presence of the Gettysburg Foundation and is also home to the Friends of Gettysburg, the membership component of the Gettysburg Foundation. Not a member? It’s easy to join the Friends.
Through the house, the Friends hopes to encourage visitors to explore the battlefield and appreciate Gettysburg National Military Park’s preservation needs, while at the same time kindling a curiosity and a fascination for the events of July 1863.
Rupp House General Information
The Rupp House is open on weekends throughout spring, summer and fall as well as special Gettysburg events, including the Battle of Gettysburg anniversary days and Remembrance Day.
An educational project of the Friends of Gettysburg, the Rupp House is located in downtown Gettysburg near the intersection of Steinwehr Avenue and Baltimore Street. The Rupp House is within driving distance to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and is within walking distance of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, several hotels, restaurants, the David Wills House and Gettysburg’s town square. Members of the public are invited to explore the Rupp House during open hours; admission is free.
Open April through October:
Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sundays and Mondays: Noon - 5 p.m.
451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325
Rupp House Main Telephone Number: 717-334-3460
What Can We See at the Rupp House?
The Rupp House offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the civilians of Gettysburg, in particular the John Rupp family who lived here during the Battle of Gettysburg. It also tells the story of the soldiers during the battle. Interactive displays and hands-on exhibits bring the stories of the battle and its aftermath to life for visitors of all ages.
In addition, the Rupp House serves as the Friends of Gettysburg gathering place in downtown Gettysburg. Barbara’s Library and the Finfrock Center are located at the Rupp House and are open to members of the Friends at the Patron Level and above. Exclusive Friends of Gettysburg merchandise is available here. (Members receive a 10 percent discount; proceeds benefit battlefield preservation.)
Learn more about the history of the Rupp House, the Rupp family and Barbara’s Library and Finfrock Center.