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 a special Adams County Day on Presidents Day. Adams County residents can enjoy free admission to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience at the Museum & Visitor Center with additional related offerings on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.
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 historic Gettysburg Cyclorama painting of Pickett’s Charge, completed in 1884. Guests can then explore the 12-gallery Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War at leisure throughout the day. These exclusive resources and experiences introduce guests to the Battle of Gettysburg in preparation for a tour of the battlefield.
Our Adams County guests to the Museum & Visitor Center on Feb. 21 will find special Adams County treasures and highlights throughout the day.
Unique artifacts directly related to Adams County, among 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, Pa.
Adams County adult complimentary ticket holders on Feb. 21, have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win a Battlefield Car Tour, a personalized two-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 drawn and contacted on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022.
The Museum & Visitor Center features two of our nation’s Presidents:
Visitors have the opportunity to see the iconic Lincoln sculpture situated in front of the building. The Lincoln sculpture welcomes millions of visitors to the Museum & Visitor Center. Created by sculptor Ivan Schwartz, the Lincoln sculpture provides visitors with a unique photo opportunity, and it reminds us of the importance of preserving our democracy.
Visitors to the Museum & Visitor Center have the opportunity to learn more about our 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower with the Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight, which opened as a new introductory exhibit in April 2021. Inspired by the life and career of General and President Eisenhower, the Exhibit Spotlight provides an introduction to Eisenhower’s Gettysburg farm—the Eisenhower National Historic Site. The spotlight explores the history of Eisenhower’s life as a Soldier, General, President and Citizen, as well as a nod to Eisenhower’s leadership, made possible thanks to the generosity of the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. The spotlight features historical information and photos, several artifacts and a panel including a historical photo background of Eisenhower on the Gettysburg battlefield that provides visitors a unique photo opportunity.
The Gettysburg Museum Book Store will feature 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 & Grille will feature its Apple Adams CounTEA and offer an Adams County lunch special along with their daily local favorites, a signature Adams County apple dumpling and Mr. G’s Ice Cream.
“We are grateful for the outstanding support from area residents and pleased to invite Adams County residents to join us for history experiences at the Museum & Visitor Center on Presidents Day,” said Gettysburg Foundation president and CEO Wayne E. Motts. “For residents who have not yet visited the Museum & Visitor Center, the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience includes three must-see experiences you will want to share with your family and friends. In addition to free admission that day, adult residents will receive a gallery guide highlighting just some of the Adams County artifacts currently on display in the Museum, along with a free chance to enter and win a Licensed Battlefield Car Tour. I encourage Adams County residents to join us for a memorable day to enjoy these experiences that are so close to home, and I hope to see residents in the Museum,” added Motts.
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, Pa. Winter hours in February: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.―The last film and cyclorama show will begin at 3 p.m.