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2022 News

Veterans Appreciation Day at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

October 16, 2022

The Gettysburg Foundation announces a special discount for the experiences at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center on Veterans Day. To honor our veterans who have served in the U.S. military, the Gettysburg Foundation invites all U.S. military veterans to enjoy a special Veterans Appreciation Day discount offered on Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans can enjoy free admission to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience at the Museum & Visitor Center.

The Museum & Visitor Center is currently open daily, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. U.S. military veterans should be prepared to show proof of veteran status to obtain their free admission tickets. Veterans are encouraged to arrive early.

“Our military service members are important to us, and we are forever grateful to them for their service to our country,” said Wayne E. Motts, president and CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation. “While U.S. military active-duty personnel receive free admission to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience daily, we are pleased to offer the Veterans Appreciation Day special for U.S. military veterans to enjoy free admission to these experiences. We encourage them to see the new special exhibit in the museum while they are visiting with us,” added Motts.

Guests will start with a film presentation of A New Birth of Freedom, immediately followed by the light and sound show on the iconic Gettysburg Cyclorama painting of Pickett’s Charge. Visitors can then explore the 12-gallery Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War at their leisure throughout the day.

Veterans also have the opportunity to view free of charge the new temporary exhibit in the Gilder Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery titled A Rough Coarse Life: The World of the Civil War Soldier. The new exhibit features artifacts, documents and works of art. These objects – many related to Gettysburg – offer a window into the lives, experiences and memories of those who struggled, suffered and survived a century and a half ago. The new temporary exhibit complements the museum galleries by exploring more deeply the experiences of soldiers on both sides during the war. A Rough Coarse Life: The World of the Civil War Soldier highlights themes on the experience of being a Civil War soldier – how they became part of a larger army, how they lived, what they wore and how they fought. It covers more intimately what service meant to Civil War soldiers – and after the war – how soldiers were commemorated, how they remembered their comrades and how the war affected the way they remembered their experiences. Some items in the new exhibit were never-before-seen on display by the public.

The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Veterans Day hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last film and cyclorama show will begin at 4:15 p.m.