2020 News

Exclusive Program: Experience “An Evening with the Painting”

September 1, 2020

Join Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide, author and historian, on the Cyclorama platform Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at 5:45 p.m. (SOLD OUT) for an exclusive "after-hours" program of the Gettysburg Cyclorama at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.

The Gettysburg Cyclorama, painted in the 1880s by French artist Paul Philippoteaux and a team of artists, is a massive piece that measures 42 feet high and 377 feet long, making the Cyclorama one of the largest, free-standing paintings in North America. The painting is a rendition of the famous "Pickett's Charge" on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Suspended in-the-round from the ceiling, this massive work of art creates a spectacular 360-degree illusion when viewed from the platform.

Explore the history of the genre of cycloramas and the history of the Gettysburg Cyclorama in this behind-the-scenes program. The presentation covers the fascinating creation of this piece of art, the rich symbolism found in the painting and an interesting discussion on the extensive conservation effort. 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. Photography is welcomed.

This special program lasts about two hours, is limited to 24 attendees and begins in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center inside the Museum & Visitor Center. The single adult ticket price is $25 and youth ticket (ages 6 to 12) is $10. Friends of Gettysburg receive a $3 discount for adults.

The program will also be offered in 2020 on:

Tickets can be purchased online at GettysburgFoundation.org or by calling Guest Relations at 877-874-2478.

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