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Special Events

Now Open

NEW Temporary Exhibit in the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

A Rough Coarse Life: The World of the Civil War Soldier


Students stare in wonder at the Gettysburg Cyclorama

Special events, unique opportunities and enlightening experiences await you at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, the Gettysburg battlefield and our historic sites and experiences.

Additional Special Events





Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience

Audience watching the film A New Birth of Freedowm at the Gettyburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center


Begin your Gettysburg visit with the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience, schedule your battlefield tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide and explore more of Gettysburg's historic sites.

New Temporary Exhibit

A Rough Coarse Life:
The World of the Civil War Soldier
Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

Artifacts, documents and works of art from the collections of Gettysburg National Military Park and the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, offer a window into the lives, experiences and memories of those who struggled, suffered and survived a century and a half ago.

The new exhibit includes some artifacts never-before-seen on display.

Pajama Storytime Around the Campfire

An Adams County Library Event Co-sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation
Children of Gettysburg 1863
451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg
Tuesday, Aug. 16 2022
6:30-7 p.m.

Storytime for all ages | Books for grades K-1

Join us for a relaxing storytime in your pajamas around the campfire. Stories will be read and campfire songs will be sung at this outdoor event. Siblings and stuffed animals are welcome to attend.

In the event of inclement weather, storytime will be held inside. The event is free and open to the public.

The children's history museum is open prior to the event. Tickets are free for children/youth ages 0-12 with a ticketed adult.

Carlisle Brass Band Concert

Children of Gettysburg 1863
451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 | 3-4 p.m.
Free Open-air Concert

The Carlisle Brass Band will perform brass band music in concert and share a repertoire of marches and patriotic selections.

Directed by Bernie Pitkin, the 30-member ensemble plays all-brass music in the British tradition of brass bands. The band has been performing music since 1900.

Bring your lawn chairs and gather in the side yard of the children's history museum to enjoy the open-air concert.

Event is weather permitting.

An Evening with the Painting

Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 | 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 | 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 | 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 | 4-6 p.m.

Join us in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center on the Cyclorama platform for an exclusive after-hours, close-up look at the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting.

Enjoy additional time on the viewing platform to observe in full light the remarkable, close-up details and distant battle scenes of the painting. Journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life. There will be time for a question and answer session.

Friends of Gettysburg 2022 Events

Mark Your Calendar | Make Reservations

Join us for Friends of Gettysburg events* throughout 2022.

The heart of the Gettysburg Foundation, our Friends' volunteer efforts and generous donations support the Foundation and the National Park Service in maintaining our mission of preservation and education.

Learn more about becoming a member of the Friends of Gettysburg. Help our mission, become part of history and enjoy exclusive invitations, program rates and discounts.

Join the Friends today. Make your reservations for Friends events.

*Select events are open to the public.

Ticket to the Past

Unforgettable Journeys

Now Open
A NEW Virtual Reality Experience
at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad StationTM
35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg

Step inside the railroad station where U.S. history was made. With virtual reality technology, journey back to 1863. Meet some unlikely train station occupants. Hear their stories. Discover the extraordinary impact the station made on their lives during and after the battle. Choose to follow the journey of one of the three historical figures featured in the experience.

Get a glimpse of our 16th President’s arrival to the station. Feel the impact of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Consider how it influences us today.

Your virtual reality journey through history awaits. All aboard!

Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight

Introductory Exhibit | Featured in the Museum Lobby

Inspired by the life and career of General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight introduces you to President Eisenhower and prepares you for a tour of Eisenhower National Historic Site.

Located in the Museum Lobby at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, the introductory exhibit is available for visitors to enjoy at no charge.

Then, shuttlebus from the Museum & Visitor Center to Eisenhower National Historic Site to tour the only home owned by Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. Explore the grounds of the farm and property during your visit.

The exhibit spotlight is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library