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Rediscover Gettysburg: Adams County Free Days

January 15, 2021

To welcome Adams County residents back to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation invite them to Rediscover Gettysburg each Thursday during the month of February 2021. Adams County residents can enjoy free admission to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center on Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2021. CLOSED THURSDAY, FEB. 18 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Offers Adams County Residents Free Admission to A New Birth of Freedom Film, the Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting with Sound and Light Effects and the 12-Gallery Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War.
Guests will start with the film presentation of A New Birth of Freedom, immediately followed by the sound and light show on the spectacular 377-foot Gettysburg Cyclorama painting of Pickett’s Charge completed in 1884. Then explore the 12-gallery Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. These exclusive resources and experiences introduce guests to the Battle of Gettysburg and prepare them for their tour of the battlefield.

Our Adams County guests to the Museum & Visitor Center on Thursdays in February will find special Adams County treasures and highlights throughout their experiences:

  • Unique artifacts directly related to Adams County, included in the numerous rare artifacts on display in the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, will be spotlighted for Adams County residents to see and learn more about the stories and lessons of Gettysburg and Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • Adams County adult complimentary ticketholders on Thursdays in February have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win a Battlefield Car Tour, a personalized three-hour experience (for up to six visitors) with a Licensed Battlefield Guide. Details of the offer will be provided to adult ticketholders upon entering the drawing. The winner will be announced and contacted on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
  • The Gettysburg Museum Bookstore is featuring books written by Adams County authors in addition to numerous Civil War and Gettysburg books for all ages, souvenirs, gifts and merchandise found in store and online.
  • The Battlegrounds Café is introducing a new Apple Adams CounTEA and offering an Adams County Thursday lunch special along with their daily local favorites of Adams County apple dumplings and Mr. G’s ice cream.

"Gettysburg is a high-priority travel destination on individual bucket lists all over the world. Gettysburg and Adams County residents are fortunate to have history available to us in our own ‘backyard',” said David Malgee, interim president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “Winter is a wonderful time to visit the Museum & Visitor Center and view the iconic landmarks on the battlefield when the vistas provide a much clearer view with the leaves off the trees for a unique perspective of troop positions and movements in July 1863,” added Malgee. Malgee points out, “Winter is an excellent time to enjoy the Museum & Visitor Center programs and is a great time of year to explore the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War at a leisurely pace during the off-peak season."

Residents all over Adams County are encouraged to rediscover Gettysburg National Military Park and take advantage of the unique opportunity this winter to visit and enjoy, free of charge on Thursdays in February 2021, some of the attractions the LEED-Gold Certified Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center has to offer.

Local visitors should be prepared to present proof of Adams County residence, e.g., a driver’s license, at the Ticket Counter inside the Museum & Visitor Center to obtain their free admission tickets.

The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Winter hours in February: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.―The last film and cyclorama show begins at 3 p.m.

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