Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: Admission included with tickets to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience and Museum Experience
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center during the extended Memorial Day weekend have the opportunity to see and learn about original weapons used in the Civil War, unique artifacts and period dance demonstrations. The Civil War Dance Foundation returns to the Museum & Visitor Center with artifact displays and dance performances.
Guns of Gettysburg
The Civil War Dance Foundation presents the Guns of Gettysburg. The unique display includes:
Historians in period attire will explain to guests the weapons and technology of the war, including various breechloaders, the Maynard tape and pellet priming systems, and pinfire and rimfire cartridges. The historians will also tell the story of the role of women and children in manufacturing ammunition and about the hundreds who died in accidents doing the dangerous work.
Victorian Dance Ensemble Artifacts & Dance Demonstrations
The Civil War Dance Foundation features an exhibit display in the Group Lobby of civilian artifacts including dance cards, hand fans, Victorian jewelry, 19th-century photographs and Grand Army of the Republic memorabilia. The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, will perform demonstrations of common dances of the Civil War era. Dance demonstrations are performed throughout Memorial Day in the Group Lobby at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
The indoor event requires visitors and participants to adhere to event-specific and ongoing Museum & Visitor Center health and safety protocols.
The Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF) presents the weapons and artifacts display and dance demonstrations as part of its educational outreach programming. The special exhibit of the Keener-Farley Traveling Arms Collection is part of the CWDF’s educational outreach programming.