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 Ranger programs.
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 will 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.
- Take a coffee break and have a snack or hot/cold meals in the Battlegrounds Café & Grille.
Proceeds from tickets and other purchases in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center benefit Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Add our historic sites and experiences to make your visit truly historic and memorable:
- 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. A tour of the property includes the charming home, putting green, bountiful garden, tea house, cattle barns and skeet range.
- Discover the 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 during the 1863 battle. The historic site with living history is available for ticket holders to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center during the summer season, Friday through Sunday. No additional charge for shuttle tickets and admission with the purchase of a Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience ticket or your Friends of Gettysburg membership. Single timed shuttle tickets also available. Timed shuttle tickets depart the Museum & Visitor Center. Open on select dates for special events throughout the year.
- Explore Children of Gettysburg 1863, located at 451 Baltimore Street in downtown Gettysburg. The interactive adventure for young historians is Gettysburg’s most family-friendly children’s history museum. Experience the stories of Gettysburg through the words and experiences of children, teens and young adults who lived here during and after the 1863 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.”
- NOW OPEN. Get your Ticket to the Past – Unforgettable Journeys, Gettysburg’s first virtual reality experience at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station™. Located at 35 Carlisle Street in downtown Gettysburg, the station, where U.S. history was made, is now home to a NEW virtual reality experience that immerses you in history and introduces you to historic figures, bringing to life their important stories associated with the Battle of Gettysburg. Witness their unforgettable journeys.
- Tour the David Wills House, a National Park Service museum, located at 8 Lincoln Square 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. Free and open to the public.
- 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. Walk the path from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center or take the short drive to the cemetery parking lot on Taneytown Road to visit this important piece of our American history.