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Children of Gettysburg 1863

"My kids are 7 and 9 and absolutely loved this place. They learned so much. The staff was wonderful, and the hands on activities and stories of kids living through the war made everything come to life for them. We spent 2 hours there, and they are already asking to go back."

Becky C. - Facebook

Now Open

Family Friendly

Exterior of the Rupp House, home of the Children of Gettysburg 1863

Located at 451 Baltimore Street, Children of Gettysburg 1863 is Gettysburg's new, family-friendly interactive adventure for young historians.

Meet the Children of Gettysburg 1863.

More than a typical children's museum, the Children of Gettysburg 1863 tells the engaging stories of the children, teens and young adults who lived here during and after the battle.

Home to the Children of Gettysburg 1863, the historic Rupp House was the property of John and Caroline Rupp and their six children in 1863. It was truly a family home.

It still is today.



Fun & Educational 

Why visit the Children of Gettysburg 1863? 

A boy and a girl interact with an exhibit at the Children of Gettysburg 1863

Feel the beat of the drum. Listen closely to the rumors of battle. Picture yourself as a character at Gettysburg.

Your family will touch, listen and learn its way through a fun and engaging journey back to 1863.

  • Introducing the Children of Gettysburg: Now there is more for families to do in Gettysburg. Experience engaging first-hand accounts from the children who lived here during the battle including William Bayly, Albertus McCreary, Sadie Bushman and Tillie Pierce.
  • Finding Meaning: Find the objects in our story scavenger hunt. Gain an understanding of what children experienced during and after the battle. Find and take home meaning in the activities from the Gettysburg Address and the Gettysburg National Cemetery to historic preservation and documenting memories.
  • Living History: Interact with living historians on the grounds on summer weekends.

Free Adventure for Children

A boy views cards from an exhibit at the Children of Gettysburg 1863

The Children of Gettysburg 1863 experience is currently free for young historians 12 and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult. During your visit, you'll introduce your child to Gettysburg and its significance while supporting a new generation of young learners on an interactive start to a lifetime of learning, inspiration and creativity.

  • Informed Imagination: Your journey through galleries like "Growing Up in Gettysburg 1863," "The Soldiers are Coming," "Surviving the Battle" and "Remembering Gettysburg" provides a history-based setting for creativity, discovery and learning.
  • Hands-on History: Children of Gettysburg 1863 invites children (grades K-5) - and those young at heart - to touch and hold, seek and explore, create and inspire.
  • Interactive Activies: Lift the soldier's equipment pack and feel the weight of what they carried. Find a place to safely hide during the battle. Stand on the podium to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

Buy Tickets
(12 & Younger Free)


At A Glance

Children-Friendly Attraction (Grades K-5)
Allow 45 minutes
Children (0-5)/Youth (6-12) Free with ticketed adult.
Friends of Gettysburg: Free
Adults: $7.50
Senior 65+: $6.50
AAA Member: $6.50
Veteran: $6.50
Active U.S. Military: Free
Outdoor living historians on select weekends
Wheelchair accessible
451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (MAP)


  • April through mid-November (through Remembrance Day weekend): Daily, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Mid-November through March (after Remembrance Day weekend): Thursday through Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

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Safety & Prohibited
Items Policy

For the safety of all guests, staff and volunteers, as well as the preservation of this historic property, please observe all safety and prohibited items policies at the Children of Gettysburg 1863 and all Gettysburg Foundation facilities and grounds.

Exhibits & Tours

Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience

The Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience provides you with a backdrop to the battle and prepares you for a more meaningful tour of the battlefield. 

Battlefield Value Package

Film Cyclorama & Museum + Battlefield Bus Tour

Make the most of your Gettysburg visit. Package the Film, Cyclorama and Museum with a battlefield bus tour for one memorable Gettysburg experience.

The bus provider requires face coverings/masks for all riders. Those without masks will not be allowed to board.

Gettysburg Cyclorama

Experience Pickett's Charge

Originally displayed in 1884, the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama is a massive fully-restored, 360-degree painting that places you in the middle of Pickett’s Charge on the decisive third day of the Battle. 


Experience the Cyclorama as part of the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Package.

Tour the Battlefield

Bus. Car. Bike.

Step onto the hallowed ground and experience Little Round Top, Devil's Den and the Angle beyond the history books and movies. You'll tour the battlefield with a Licensed Battlefield Guide either in your car, by motor coach or bicycle.

The bus provider requires face coverings/masks for all riders. Those without masks will not be allowed to board.

Battlefield Car Tour

Personalized Experience

Don’t miss a thing on your guided Battlefield Car Tour. Driving your car, you'll follow your Licensed Battlefield Guide - caravan style - across the battlefield with plenty of stops to answer your questions and enjoy your own private tour of the battlefield.


Call to reserve your guided battlefield car tour: 877-874-2478 or 717-334-2436

Plan Your Visit to Gettysburg.

Whether you are visiting for the first time, or you return year-after-year, we can help you plan your visit.