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The Museum & Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park is the start of your experience

Those who lived the dramatic and tragic events at Gettysburg in 1863 still have something important to teach us about citizenship, leadership, conflict and conciliation in American democracy that remains timeless and relevant to our lives today.

The battle comes to life when you:

  • Listen to Abraham Lincoln's words in the film, A New Birth of Freedom
  • Learn about soldier and civilian life in the Leed-Gold certified, Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War where 12 galleries feature relics of the Battle of Gettysburg and personalities who served in the Civil War; interactive exhibits; and multimedia presentations covering the conflict from beginning to end, and, in particular, the Battle of Gettysburg and its terrible aftermath.
  • Feel the cannon and gunfire in the colossal, Cyclorama painting experience, a 377-foot painting in the round that immerses you in the fury of Pickett's Charge

Afterward, walk in their footsteps with understanding and pause to "ponder and dream."