Gettysburg National Military Park is prepared to conduct a prescribed fire April 17-18, 2021, weather permitting. LEARN MORE.

Welcome to Gettysburg

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our Gettysburg community of guests, staff and volunteers is our priority.

While we are taking extra precautions to help keep you safe, exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present. We cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit.

The Gettysburg National Military Park
Museum & Visitor Center
is open.


Now Open:
View our current hours of operation.


Annual Holiday Closings:
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Bus Face Covering Requirements

To limit the health risks associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the bus provider requires face coverings for all riders on all bus tours.

Those without face coverings will not be permitted to board. Please consider this safety measure when scheduling your bus tour.

The road to Gettysburg.

Ten roads lead to Gettysburg.

We're glad you found the one to lead you to the Museum & Visitor Center and these hallowed grounds.

With your safety as our top priority, we've added new guidelines to help you - along with our volunteers, staff and partners at the National Park Service - enjoy a safe, memorable and historic visit to Gettysburg.

Our team has implemented a variety of safety initiatives. Best practices include enhancing our already stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols, social distancing, capacity management, the use of personal protective equipment and increasing team member training.

For the increased safety of all of us, we require all guests to comply with the following guidelines:


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Face coverings are required during your visit.
(Kepis are always optional.)





social distancingSocial distancing

Maintain social distancing and keep at least 6 feet apart between your party and other visitors.


Safety Tip: Protect your file partner and stay 6-feet apart on the skirmish line.


Wash handsWash hands often

Please wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


Safety Tip: Keep clean. Infectious diseases caused more than 400,000 deaths during the Civil War.


Follow staff directionsFollow staff/volunteer guidance

Please follow directions from staff members/volunteers, and thank you for your patience with us as we work through these new procedures.


Safety Tip: Listen to sound advice. In conducting his council of war, Union Major General George Meade consulted with his commanders and staff in making a decision whether to stay and fight at Gettysburg. We ask that you also listen to our staff and volunteers and follow their advice. It's a winning proposition.



observe floor markingsObserve special markings

Where present, observe the floor, wall and post stand markings and signage.


Safety Tip: Follow instructions. General Daniel Sickles disobeyed orders and left the Union defensive line exposed to attack. He lost his leg in the resulting battle.



follow floor markingsPack in. Pack out.

We've removed trash recepticles from the Museum & Visitor Center to help reduce the number of contacting surfaces and help keep the building safer for all of us. Leave no trace and please take any trash with you when you leave the building and grounds.


Safety Tip: Civil War soldiers often carried 50 pounds of equipment with them. You won't have that much. When you leave, remember to take with you everything you brought in to the Museum & Visitor Center - even your trash.



As the National Park Service (NPS) monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health of those who live, work, and visit, face coverings are required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Face coverings are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes. Check the park website for additional details on park guidelines.




Additional guidelines to help keep you safe and informed:

  • We provide a contactless ticketing system, allowing you to print your tickets at home or access your tickets through your mobile device.
  • We're limiting capacity in the Museum & Visitor Center and theaters. Some exhibits, services and amenities will be modified, have limited availability or remain closed.
  • To promote social distancing, we've temporarily suspended some experiences - including some films and interactive exhibits in the museum. Experiences that draw large group gatherings will return at a later date.
  • We're providing additional hand sanitizers throughout the Museum & Visitor Center.

We will provide additional information as it becomes available. If we find the need to cancel any reservations, events, programs or purchases and provide applicable refunds, we'll make those arrangements and notifications.

The following sites remain closed: