Gettysburg Heritage Center, Gettysburg

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The Gettysburg Heritage Center, focuses on the town of Gettysburg and civilians who called it home - before, during and after the pivotal Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. Utilizing various historical documents, artifacts, interactive displays and 3-D photography, visitors actively learn about ordinary people doing extraordinary things at a difficult time in our nation's history.

The museum tour concludes with the Civil War Trust's award-winning movie, "Gettysburg: An Animated Map". Before venturing out onto the battlefield, this 20 minute program offers a great orientation and overview of the three-day battle. Entertaining to both the first time visitor, or Civil War enthusiast who visits multiple times a year!

In addition to the museum, most weekends, from April through November, Living History Camps are set up on the front lawn of the museum. Union and Confederate soldiers set up camp, and offer visitors demonstrations about weapons, camp life, and more! These camps are free and open to the public! Visit our website for a complete listing of dates!

Located in the lobby of the Heritage Center is one of Gettysburg's largest and finest gift shops. Specializing in apparel, books, gifts, replica weapons, collectibles, home decor, games, toys, and more!

Looking to see the battlefield in a unique way? The Heritage Center can help you book your bus tours, including History Nerds tours, carriage rides and horseback tours, iPad tours, double decker buses, CD car tours, and more!

Conveniently located on Steinwehr Avenue, near hotels, including the brand new Best Western Gettysburg, and restaurants such as Appalachian Brewing Co. Plenty of parking! The perfect place for your family to start its Gettysburg vacation!
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  • The best part of our trip was our Battlefield Tour Guide, Jim Roubal. His knowledge, personality, and the private tour(in our own car!) made for an unforgettable experience! We tried to book a tour....  more »
  • We enjoyed two three-hour tours with Jim Fouts, a Licensed Battlefield Guide. We focused on two sections of the battlefield. Jim was knowledgeable, detailed, professional and friendly. He placed the.....  more »
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  • My group and I all loved our experience with Gettysburg Heritage Center! Tammy was extremely helpful ahead of our trip helping me plan a very successful day. We went for a guided tour of the battlefield with our wonderful guide John. John made our day! He was courteous, very informative and obviously extremely knowledgeable.
  • The people who work at Gettysburg Heritage Museum are kind and helpful. They share important thoughtful information with enthusiasm and walk you through things if need be to help you have a very meaningful experience not easily forgotten. The shop is filled with gifts that remind one of what it meant to walk on the battlefields where so many gave so much for causes they so deeply believed in....so we don't ever forget "what they did here".....Deeply grateful for the reminder of the sacrifices made on both sides....and what it costs America when our heart is divided and broken....Each precious life sacrificed meant something we need to remember right now.....Our history should teach us about our future...Thank you for preserving it so we can learn from the horror and heartbreak of being so sadly divided...and look for ways to remain One Nation Under God.....

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