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Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Tours

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
The National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is the place to begin your exploration of historic Gettysburg. After watching a short orientation film, check out the Civil War artifacts on display, and marvel at the iconic 360-degree cyclorama painting of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Basics

As the gateway to Gettysburg, the National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is on the itineraries of many tours of the area. Some travelers stop by on a day trip from Washington DC before touring the battlefield, then finish the day at Cemetery Ridge, where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is a must-do for history buffs and students.
  • The visitor center has an on-site café and Civil War–era refreshment saloon.
  • Pick up a map and guide at the information desk. Audio tours and additional guidebooks are available for purchase in the bookstore.
  • The visitor center’s attractions are accessible to everyone, and a loaner wheelchair is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

How to Get There

About a 1.5-hour drive from Washington DC, the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located in rural southern Pennsylvania off State Route 97. It’s easily reached by car, by bus, or on a day trip tour from Washington DC that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.

When to Get There
The museum and visitor center are open year-round from 8am to 6pm April through October, and from 9am to 5pm November through March. To see the Gettysburg battle reenactment, go on the first weekend of July. Otherwise, for fewer crowds (and to enjoy the region’s fall colors), plan an autumn visit. The site is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Beyond the Museum and Visitor Center

While films, exhibits, and artifacts give you an in-depth perspective of the Battle of Gettysburg, the experience isn’t complete without exploring the rest of the site. Depart the museum on a guided tour of the battlefield, and visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the David Wills House (a museum focusing on the aftermath of the battle), and the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital.
Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA, Washington DC PA 17325, USA
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

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Once you’ve experienced some of America’s greatest icons, take this memorable day trip to Gettysburg to explore some of its deepest historical roots, too. Enjoy the comfort of coach bus transport as you make your way through the countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania. See Cemetery Ridge, where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, and learn about the largest battle ever fought on American soil during a narrated show and a detailed miniature military diorama. This tour includes a stop at the restored home of George Washington Shriver, too.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Private Washington to Gettysburg Tour

Private Washington to Gettysburg Tour

Start at your lodging point in Washington, Gettysburg, or points in between for a Gettysburg Battlefield Tour conducted by a twenty-year military veteran. Visit the cupola at the Lutheran Seminary to get General Buford’s bird’s eye view of the battle. Experience key points of the three-day battle including Little Round Top, the Devil’s Den, the Peach Orchard, the Angle, and General Armisted’s farthest advance during Pickett’s charge. Perfect for the first-time visitor or those who have conducted seasoned study.
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  • 9 hours
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Gettysburg Freedom Tour

Gettysburg Freedom Tour

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Our Gettysburg Tour is a glimpse into the Civil War Era and provides a detailed review of the events that took place during the Battle of Gettysburg. Your journey begins with a stop at Shriver House Museum, where you will travel back as you walk through the Shrivers' meticulously restored 1860 home. After visiting the Shriver House, you'll have some free time for lunch. After lunch, you'll visit Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, which will introduce you to the Battle of Gettysburg. We'll finish the day with a 2-hour tour of the Battlefield in the comfort of your Motor
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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