The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is the official start to your Gettysburg visit.
Begin with the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience.
- Set the Scene: The film “A New Birth of Freedom” provides the backdrop for your visit.
- Feel the Fury: Sense Pickett’s Charge all around you in the light and sound show of the iconic Gettysburg Cyclorama.
- Share the Journey: Explore the events and issues surrounding the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg in the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War.
Tour the Battlefield: Visit the legendary landmarks. Tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide by bus or by car.
Hear the Stories: Connect to the battlefield and its stories through National Park Service educational and virtual programs at www.nps.gov/gett.
Special events, unique opportunities and enlightening experiences await you at the Museum & Visitor Center. Call Guest Relations at 877-874-2478 or visit GettysburgFoundation.org to add one or more of our special events to your Gettysburg itinerary.
Take some time to shop and dine at the Museum & Visitor Center:
- Shop in the Gettysburg Museum Bookstore where you’ll find an extensive collection of books, gifts, memorabilia and–of course–the must-have Gettysburg t-shirt.
- Dine in the Refreshment Saloon, modeled after an actual Civil War-era saloon, for leisurely a-la-carte dining. (CURRENTLY CLOSED)
- Take a coffee break and have a snack or hot/cold meals in the Battlegrounds Café.
Include these historic sites for a legendary visit:
- MODIFIED HOURS. Step onto President Dwight and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower’s weekend retreat and retirement property at the Eisenhower National Historic Site. With its original furnishings and décor, the home offers an intimate perspective of home life for the Eisenhowers in the 1950s (HOME TOURS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE). A tour of the property includes the charming home, putting green, bountiful garden, entertainment patio, cattle barns and a skeet and trap shoot.
- OPEN SUMMER FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, JUNE-AUGUST AND FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. Discover the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital (summer only). Walk the grounds, hear the stories and feel the emotions of life–and death–at this historic farm suddenly transformed into a field hospital. The historic site is available for ticket holders to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center during the summer season. No additional charge for admission with the purchase of a Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience ticket.
- OPENING SEPT. 4, 2021. Explore Children of Gettysburg 1863, located at 451 Baltimore Street. The interactive adventure for young historians, Children of Gettysburg 1863 is the most family-friendly history adventure in Gettysburg. Experience the stories of Gettysburg through the words of the children, teens and young adults who lived here during and after the battle. Engaging first-hand accounts and interactive exhibits will bring the stories to life as you journey through galleries including “Growing Up In Gettysburg 1863,” “The Soldiers Are Coming!” “Surviving the Battle” and “Remembering Gettysburg.”
- COMING IN 2022. Experience the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station™ in downtown Gettysburg when it opens with an all-new virtual reality experience in 2022. For announcements on opening, visit GettysburgFoundation.org.
- CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE. Tour the David Wills House, a National Park Service museum, in downtown Gettysburg. 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.
- Visit the Gettysburg 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.