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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

Exhibits.
Encounters.
Illuminations.

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 Exhibit

A Rough Coarse Life:
The World of the Civil War Soldier
NOW OPEN
Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War's Gilder Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery 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
Tuesdays, Sept. 20 & Oct. 18, 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.

An Evening with the Painting

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

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.

Double Decker Bus Tour

Sept. 24, 2022 | 4 p.m.
Oct. 1, 8, 9, 15 & 22, 2022
Depart the Museum & Visitor Center

Sensational summer views and spectacular scenery await you on your afternoon battlefield tour aboard a double decker bus. With a 360-degree view of the battlefield, you will gain a new perspective of the battle as your Licensed Battlefield Guide provides the narrative for this unique, insightful and visually stunning tour.

Limited to one tour each Saturday in September, as well as most Saturdays in October 2022, and Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, Double Decker Bus Tours depart the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center at 4 p.m. Several time choices are offered on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Fall Family Day at Spangler

George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital
488 Blacksmith Shop Road, Gettysburg
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Join us for a free day of history and exploration at the George Spangler Farm & Field HospitalFall Family Day at Spangler features family-friendly programming and will be the last opportunity for the public to visit the historic site this year.

Living History | 19th Century Domestic Civilian Life | Historic Barn Preservation | Civilian & Spangler Family Stories | Local Favorite Mr. G's Old-fashioned Ice Cream

Visitors may drive directly to the property located at 488 Blacksmith Shop Road, Gettysburg, and park on-site.

Remembrance Day Illumination

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 | 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Gettysburg National Cemetery

Held in commemoration of the Gettysburg National Cemetery dedication in November 1863, this solemn event features a luminary candle on all of the 3,512 Civil War soldiers' graves. Names of the fallen soldiers are read throughout the evening.

Donate: Support the Gettysburg Foundation with a heartfelt donation to the Remembrance Illumination by sponsoring a candle in honor or memory of a loved one. Sponsorships will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. 

Volunteer: Volunteers help set up candles, greet visitors at the entrance gates, read the names of the Civil War soldiers buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery and clean up at the end of the event. Volunteer assignments are limited and will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. To request to volunteer, email epearce@gettysburgfoundation.org.

Remembrance Illumination is free and open to the public. (Event subject to weather conditions.)

Children of Gettysburg 1863

Now Open | Gettysburg's All-NEW Interactive Adventure for Young Historians

Designed for young historians age K-5, the all-new, hands-on history exhibit brings to life the stories of Billy Bayly, Albertus McCreary, Sadie Bushman and other young residents of Gettysburg through first-hand accounts and active adventures. 

Introduce the children in your life 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.

Gettysburg Gift Certificates

Share Gettysburg with your history enthusiast.

Give the experience. Give the history. Give the Gift of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Foundation Gift Certificates are the perfect way to share on any occasion the Gettysburg experience with your friends and family. Available in any amount, certificates can be purchased and redeemed online, by phone or on-site.

AbsoluteURL: https://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/exhibits-tours-events/special-events