2021 News

Wintertime at the Museum & Visitor Center

January 12, 2021

Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, home of the Gettysburg Cyclorama and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, have the unique opportunity to enjoy a wintertime special show of the Gettysburg Cyclorama.

During January and February, the Film & Cyclorama showtimes are offered every 30 minutes. The Cyclorama show is part of the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience in the Museum & Visitor Center. Guests begin with the film presentation of A New Birth of Freedom immediately followed by the light and sound show of the Cyclorama that includes extended viewing time on the platform. Guests have the opportunity to explore the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War at leisure throughout the day.

The Gettysburg Cyclorama, painted in the 1880s by French artist Paul Philippoteaux and a team of artists, is a massive piece that runs 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.

“Visitors have the opportunity to make the most of their Gettysburg visit at the Museum & Visitor Center during the winter,” said David Malgee, interim president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “Winter is a great time to visit Gettysburg, and we are glad to offer our guests additional time to view the historic painting.” “Our guests can also take advantage of packaging the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience with their tour of the battlefield. Whether pairing with a bus or car tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide, visitors will get a remarkably different perspective of the battlefield in winter when the trees are not in bloom—with clear views to see how troops moved across the fields in July 1863,” added Malgee.

Located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pa., the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is currently open for winter hours, Thursday through Sunday (closed Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays) from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Prior to visiting the Museum & Visitor Center, visitors are encouraged to read more about health and safety protocols and purchase tickets at GettysburgFoundation.org. To assist with contactless payment, visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance either online at GettysburgFoundation.org or via phone at 877-874-2478.

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