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Rupp House History Center


Exterior of the Rupp House History Center in Gettysburg

Hands on history at the Rupp House.

The 1863 home of the John Rupp family, the Rupp House History Center tells the story of civilian life during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Not just another museum, the Rupp House encourages families to explore, touch and learn through interactive displays and exhibits. 



Why visit the Rupp House History Center?

Cannons thunder on the outskirts of town. Soldiers gather outside your front door. What would you do?

See, hear and feel how the battle and its aftermath impacted the Rupps and their Gettysburg neighbors.

  • Hands-on History: Push. Lift. Open. Touch. The Rupp House provides visitors of all ages with an engaging and interactive history experience.
  • Family Fun. Hear the stories and search the displays as part of your historical scavenger hunt.
  • Free Admission: Step inside this convenient and free attraction on your Gettysburg visit.
  • Living History: Meet living historians on the Rupp House grounds every summer weekend.


Civilian saga.

New perspective.

Interactive experience.

At A Glance

Allow at least 45 minutes
Free admission
Wheelchair accessible
Civil War Activities, Courtyard Chats & Fireside Chats, throughout the spring & summer.
451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (MAP)
Metered street parking and a self-parking garage located on Racehorse Alley (MAP)


April – October 27:
Fridays & Saturdays noon to 8 p.m.
Sundays noon to 5 p.m.

Living History Civil War Activities

Courtyard Chats

Historic Sites

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Step into the weekend retreat and retirement home of President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower. With its original furnishings and décor, the home offers an intimate perspective of home life for the Eisenhowers in the 1950s.


A tour of the property includes the charming home, putting green, bountiful garden, entertainment patio, cattle barns and a skeet and trap shoot.

Gettysburg Soldiers' National Cemetery

Walk the hallowed grounds and take a moment to reflect on those who have given–and are willing to give–“the last full measure of devotion.”

President Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address in dedicating the cemetery as the final resting place for more than 3,500 Union soldiers.

George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital

Walk the grounds, hear the stories and feel the emotions of life–and death–at this historic farm suddenly transformed into a field hospital.

Meet living historians as they provide insight and authentic accounts of experiences on the farm during the battle. No additional charge for admission with purchase of a Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience ticket. 

David Wills House

The home where President Lincoln stayed prior to delivering his Gettysburg Address, the David Wills House features a seven-gallery interactive museum relating the story of Wills, Lincoln’s visit and the Gettysburg Address.

Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station™

In 1863, enthusiastic crowds gathered outside the depot in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president upon his arrival to Gettysburg.


Walk in Lincoln’s footsteps in this free-to-visit museum featuring a self-guided tour with exhibits and artifacts relating to Lincoln and the railroad’s role in the history of Gettysburg.

Plan Your Visit to Gettysburg.

Whether you are visiting for the first time, or you return year-after-year, we can help you plan your visit.