Information for Repeat Visitors
What’s new? If you think you've already seen it, you might be surprised.
150th Commemorative Events
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address, and many new and special commemorative programs are planned. See the online Commemorative Events Guide and National Park Service and Gettysburg Foundation web pages for details.
A New Historic Site
The George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site opens to the public weekends beginning May 24, 2013. It is the best surviving example of a farm used as a corps field hospital during the battle of Gettysburg, where upwards of 1,900 men were treated for wounds both minor and fatal and Confederate Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead died. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour and learn more from docents, living historians and living history encampments.
New at the Museum of the American Civil War
Treasures of the Civil War is a new special exhibit opening June 16, 2013. It offers a unique and rare glimpse into the personal and professional lives of 13 individuals who helped shape a nation: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, George G. Meade, John Reynolds, George Pickett, Alexander Webb, William Tecumseh Sherman, George Custer, John Mosby, Frederick Douglass and Clara Barton.
150 newly conserved artifacts were rotated into the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War in September 2012.
The Recently Conserved Cyclorama
The “Battle of Gettysburg” Cyclorama is the largest painting in North America and underwent the largest conservation effort of its kind on the continent and is now being properly displayed at the Museum and Visitor Center for the first time. Experts repaired unstable sections of the canvas and restored details lost during previous conservation attempts. Now the painting of Pickett’s Charge, coupled with a viewing platform, canopy and diorama, offers a true three dimensional viewing experience.
New on the Battlefield
A changing landscape. The battlefield has most likely changed since your last visit, as work continues toward the goal of reestablishing the landscape of 1863. Trees have been removed in some areas and pastures are being allowed to return to meadow and woods in others, as historic orchards are being replanted and miles of fencing that played a role in deciding troop movement during battle is being replaced. This ongoing effort is part of Gettysburg National Military Park’s 1999 General Management Plan.
Battlefield programs and tours. Park Ranger programs and tours with Licensed Battlefield Guides are ongoing and always unique, as different rangers and guides offer different perspectives on the battle. If you didn’t have time to take a tour or join a ranger program, we hope you’ll plan another visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center soon.