On June 30, 1863, Brigadier General John Buford climbed to the Cupola of the Lutheran Seminary Building, where he saw the campfires of thousands of Confederate soldiers burning to the west. Predicting a clash was imminent, this view helped him lay out his lines of defense to protect Gettysburg’s pivotal road network. The next morning, as the largest battle in the Western Hemisphere erupted, Buford again ascended to the Cupola to watch for vital Federal reinforcements. Today, you can stand where Buford stood and, with a guide, discover how this view helped chart the course of the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Cupola Tour and Museum Experience includes a 30-minute guided tour of the historic building’s famous cupola. Climb to the attic level and then up the wooden staircase to the top of the building, where you will have plenty of time for photos as you see the battlefield from the same vantage point as Union Gen. Buford. Children must be at least 48 inches tall to take part in the Cupola Tour.
This ticket INCLUDES general museum admission, which is valid all day. You do not need to buy separate museum admission.
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