ALERT: The Taneytown Road Entrance to the Museum & Visitor Center is currently closed for rehabilitation. Detour information is available for entering the complex at the Baltimore Pike Entrance. Learn more.

ALERT: Little Round Top is now closed to all visitation for rehabilitation. Learn more.

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.


An Evening with the Painting

Museum & Visitor Center
Ford Education Center | Gettysburg Cyclorama Platform
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 | 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, May 27, 2023 | 5-7 p.m.

Join us on the Cyclorama platform for an exclusive after-hours, close-up look at the iconic 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.

Learn more and view the complete 2023 program schedule.

History Kids

Reading Adventures Club

Winter Reading Adventures Program Series
Presented by Gettysburg National Military Park

Museum & Visitor Center | Theater
Saturdays, Jan. 7–Feb. 25, 2023 | 11-11:45 a.m.

The Superheroes of History​ theme features a new children's book each weekend, focusing on such famous people as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Jane Goodall, Neil Armstrong and others. Each week's book reading will also include either an indoor or outdoor family-led adventure related to the book.

Designed for children ages 4-10 and their families.

Photo credit: NPS

Sensory Friendly Hours

Museum & Visitor Center | Cyclorama & Museum
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 | 9-11 a.m.
Free Tickets Required and Available the Day of the Event at the Ticket Counter

Join us during this special opportunity for visitors with auditory or sensory sensitivities and their friends and family to enjoy the experiences with special programming in a relaxed environment, for a calm, quieter and more inclusive visit.

Designed for visitors with auditory/sensory sensitivities. A New Birth of Freedom film is unavailable during this time. The film and all sound, light and audio-visual programming will return to operation beginning at 11 a.m. with the first regular Film and Cyclorama show at 11:30 a.m. The last free tickets will be issued at 10:30 a.m.

Colors of the Blue

Flags of the Union Army

Presented by Civil War Dance Foundation
Museum & Visitor Center | Group Lobby
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023

Civil War Dance Foundation returns to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center with their  flags and artifacts displays.

Throughout the day, Dr. Lawrence Keener-Farley, retired Director of Education at the National Civil War Museum and a Gettysburg National Military Park volunteer historian, will present brief talks on the flags. 

The display features reproductions of the most common flags of the Union Army infantry, cavalry, and artillery unit and the flags designating corps, division and brigade commanders. 

Time Travelers’

Reading Adventures Club

Winter Reading Adventures Program Series
Presented by Gettysburg National Military Park

Museum & Visitor Center | Ford Education Center
Saturdays, March 4–25, 2023 | 11-11:45 a.m.

Time Travelers will read and discuss The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis. Landis' book tells the story of 12-year-old Oliver, who is obsessed with studying the Civil War. Partnered with Ella, who is not as interested in studying, for a class history project, they undertake research of a soldier who served in the Civil War. 

Designed for children ages 10-14 and their families.