Start your visit to Gettysburg at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Familiarize yourself with the Civil War and Battle of Gettysburg with the Film, Cyclorama and Museum Experience before you tour the battlefield.
See the feature film, A Birth of New Freedom, narrated by Morgan Freeman, that introduces you to the sights, sounds and emotions of the Battle of Gettysburg and the aftermath.
Experience the world-famous Gettysburg Cyclorama painting featuring Pickett's Charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, a viewing experience so moving that when the painting was first displayed in the 1880's, veterans of the battle wept.
Explore the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War featuring 12 galleries with artifacts, interactive displays and short films to further immerse you in the Battle of Gettysburg. The exhibits explain the battle within the larger context of American history and help you understand its relevance in our lives today.
Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield with an expert Licensed Battlefield Guide. There are two options for touring with a Licensed Battlefield Guide—privately, in your own car, or by motor coach. Climb aboard a climate-controlled motor coach and step off the bus several times along the way to explore the hallowed ground. Or, arrange for a private battlefield tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide who will meet you at the Visitor Center and drive you in your car. Guides are available daily, and advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Shop in the Museum Bookstore and gift shop, which offers a wide variety of items on the Civil War and Gettysburg. Eat in the Refreshment Saloon and sample some of the foods and recipes popular with both soldiers and civilians during the Civil War.
Visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site to tour the home of President Dwight Eisenhower. Take a self-guided walk around the farm and learn about the 1950s Secret Service operations and Eisenhower's role in World War II.
Tour the David Wills House Museum in downtown Gettysburg. Visits includes five galleries, two recreated rooms, including the Lincoln bedroom, two interactive stations, two films and a gift shop. Learn about the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, the establishment of the Soldier's National Cemetery and Lincoln's stay at the Wills House the night before he delivered the Gettysburg Address.
Discover the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital (summer only). The George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital is the best surviving example of a farm used as a corps field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. The farm’s living history programs are open to visitors Friday-Sunday in June, July and August, and is accessible via shuttle from the Visitor Center.
Make these historic sites, also offered by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park, part of your experience at Gettysburg:
- The Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station™ is a great place to begin your downtown Gettysburg experience. President Lincoln arrived at this station in November, 1863 the day before delivering the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery.
- The Rupp House History Center is the historic home of John Rupp and his family. This free museum offers a glimpse of civilian experience during the Civil War and is a great place to visit with children.
- The Soldiers’ National Cemetery is one of 14 national cemeteries managed by the National Park Service and the final resting place for more than 3,500 Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.