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. New parking measures will be in effect starting April 1. View new parking information and map.
ALERT: Little Round Top is now closed to all visitation for rehabilitation. Learn more.
Revisit, Reimagine Gettysburg
Reimagine Gettysburg as a blend of a massive battle, a place of solemn remembrance and an emblem of democracy. Revisit Gettysburg for an opportunity to reflect and gain inspiration from the battle, from the soldiers, from the civilians and from the history.
Exhibits, Tours & Events
Plan Your Visit
From the signature Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience and Battlefield Tours to National Park Service Ranger programs and our historic sites & experiences, your Gettysburg visit officially starts here. Plan your visit, purchase tickets and get information on free events for a memorable—and historic—Gettysburg visit.
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Explore the challenges and timeless lessons learned through our storied past on the Gettysburg battlefield. Our engaging professional leadership curriculum, developed by historians, leadership development experts and business executives, is available for every level of your team.
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
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.
Enhance your visit by adding our special events to your itinerary while you explore Gettysburg.
Additional Special Events
Begin your Gettysburg visit with the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience, schedule your battlefield tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide and purchase tickets to explore more of Gettysburg's historic sites and experiences—all through the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.
Special Exhibit: A Rough Coarse Life
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.
Gettysburg Foundation presents
Special offer when combined with your Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience ticket at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.
Interact with local living historians and experience the everyday life of Gettysburg citizens—children and families just like you—during the Civil War era. Or learn about the life of a Civil War soldier and train to be a soldier in the Union Army. Learn and participate in Civil War era activities such as:
Tickets are required to experience the children's history museum adventure before or after the presentations. Children/Youth (ages 0-12) are currently free with purchase of an adult (ages 13+) ticket.
Visit the home and farm of our 34th President Dwight D. and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. New for 2023: Individuals, families and groups fewer than 20 no longer need advance reservations or tickets and may now drive directly to the farm for free tours. Groups of 20 or more, call Guest Relations, 877-874-2478 or 717-334-2436, to make group reservations.
Tours of the home are offered on a first come, first served basis to the first 40 visitors during each tour time. Due to tight turns and cattle guards, no oversized vehicles (RVs, campers, trailers, coach buses, etc.) permitted.
Create your own souvenir to take home and remember your visit to Gettysburg. Choose one of four different Civil War themed ceramic items* and paint it in your own unique way.
Each design was sculpted and donated by Gary Casteel, famous local artist who has sculpted numerous Civil War monuments around the country.
*Available while supplies last.
Join us for First Friday events in downtown Gettysburg, sponsored by Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association (GARMA). Visit GARMA online to learn more about the First Friday event.
The April 7 event is themed Hop Into Spring with an Egg Hunt at participating businesses. Visitors to Children of Gettysburg 1863® on First Friday can continue your egg hunt here as you experience history in our interactive exhibits.
Tickets are required for the children's history museum adventure. Children/youth (ages 12 and younger) receive free admision tickets with a ticketed adult.
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.
Sensational views and spectacular scenery await you on your afternoon battlefield tour aboard a double decker bus.
Limited to one tour on select Saturdays and Sunday, May 28, the Double Decker Bus Tour departs the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center at 4 p.m. Additional tour times of 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. are offered on April 22.*
Double Decker Bus Tours** operate on select Saturdays and Sunday, May 28. Tickets are now available for select dates in April, May, June and July.
**Available to be combined with the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience in the Value Package.
Interact with living historians of Officers for the Union & Ladies for the Union in their weekend encampments. Features first-person impressions of officers who commanded and fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Learn about the importance of the home front, with demonstrations of unique home craft skills and medical displays, remedies and practices of the era.
Candlelight Talk: Join Officers for the Union in their candle lit encampment from 8-9 p.m. on select Saturdays for an informal talk on their role during and after the 1863 battle. From audience questions, each officer will discuss aspects of his role and his military and personal life.
Tickets are required to experience the children's history museum adventure before or after your encampment visit or before the Saturday talks. Children/Youth (ages 0-12) are currently free with purchase of an adult (ages 13+) ticket.
Fill the spaces of your bookshelf with some of the many Civil War titles available at this spring book sale. Used books covering all aspects of the American Civil War will be on sale at discounted prices one day only.
Proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Gettysburg Foundation's education mission and help support the children's history museum and Friends of Gettysburg member events.
Tickets are required to experience the children's history museum adventure before or after you shop the book sale. Children/Youth (ages 0-12) are currently free with purchase of an adult (ages 13+) ticket.
History comes alive as you interact with living historians in their Civil War encampments.
2nd Corps Field Hospital, April 29-30: Living historians portray officers, men and women who saved the lives of soldiers, featuring medical staff, ambulance corps, laundresses and the ladies of the relief society.
Civil War Historical Impressions, Sept. 16-17: Living historians portray Union and Confederate soldiers, generals, surgeons and Gettysburg civilians.
Allegheny Volunteer Guard, Nov. 17-19: A company-sized unit of infantrymen, the common soldier, camp life and experiences on campaign or in combat.
Tickets are required to experience the children's history museum adventure before or after your encampment visit. Children/Youth (ages 0-12) are currently free with purchase of an adult (ages 13+) ticket.
Join us for the 2nd annual symposium event, covering various topics on Civil War medicine and its importance in the overall study of the American Civil War. Learn about the fight that took place behind the lines—the struggle to save lives. Hear talks and presentations on details about the people who served as caregivers, the medical equipment used, disease impacts on the health of soldiers, field relief organizations and their roles, and more.
Members of the Blue & Gray Hospital Association and the Friends of Gettysburg receive a special discount.
Reservations required for both in-person and virtual attendance options. Reservations close April 28, 2023.
Interact with living historians of the 150th PA Bucktails in their encampment. Features living historians representing soldiers and portraying women on the home front.
Participate in hands-on history activities. Visitors are invited to join us for activities such as "drilling practice" at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the opportunity to "enlist" in the 150th PA Bucktails regiment. Participants can learn the daily drill of a Civil War soldier.
Save the date and join us for a free day of history and exploration at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital.
Family Day features living historians, the Blue & Gray Hospital Association, local favorites and family-friendly programming and activities.
The Civil War Dance Foundation features a display of civilian artifacts including dance cards, hand fans, Victorian jewelry, 19th century photographs and Grand Army of the Republic memorabilia.
The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, will perform demonstrations of common dances of the Civil War era. Dance demonstrations are performed in the Group Lobby at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Ordnance Detachment of the Civil War Dance Foundation features their unique display of pre-war weapons that were in the arsenals when the war began, U.S. Rifle-Musket series, imported arms, some of the new breechloaders used for the first time in the war, and handguns and edged weapons
Historians in period attire will explain to guests the weapons and technology of the war, including various breechloaders, the Maynard tape and pellet priming systems, and pinfire and rimfire cartridges. Historians will also tell the story of the role of women and children in manufacturing ammunition.
Explore the best surviving example of a corps-level field hospital from the Battle of Gettysburg, featuring:
Walk the grounds, hear the stories and feel the emotions at this historic site forever changed by battle. Meticulously renovated, the site features restored, original buildings from the 1863 battle.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Sacred Trust 2023 Talks & Book Signings event during the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Check back and follow our social media channels this spring/summer for upcoming announcements on programs, presenters, topics and authors to be featured during this commemorative event.
Friends of Gettysburg Events
Join us for Friends of Gettysburg events* throughout 2023:
The heart of the Gettysburg Foundation, our Friends' volunteer efforts and donations support the Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service at Gettysburg 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.
*Select events are open to the public.
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