Located on the site of one of the bloodiest episodes in American history, Gettysburg National Military Park preserves the landscape of the historic 1863 battle between the Union and Confederate forces. Though the battle resulted in the largest number of casualties in the entire American Civil War, it became the turning point of the dramatic conflict when the Union army turned back the Confederate attempt to invade the North. The military park contains most of the original battlefield, as well as many support areas, including the supply and hospital locations. Start your exploration at the park's museum and visitor center, where you can see over 40,000 war artifacts and an enormous cyclorama painting of the battle by French artist Paul Philippoteaux. A visit to Gettysburg National Military Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Gettysburg online trip planner to plot your vacation.
Gettysburg National Military Park Reviews
Remarkable military park with excellent informative locations. Large number of memorials add to the interest. I hired a guide for a couple of hours which I highly recommend. more »
The National Military Park is best experienced with a tour guide who can take you through each of the three days of the historic battle at Gettysburg and point out many landmarks that you would otherw... more »
We were close too close to Gettysburg not to stop. We got there late Sunday afternoon and yet what little we saw took our breath away. We had our 2 and 6 yr old with us. They did some exploring as well. We were able to see the camps that were set up and my son loved seeing the re-enactment actors. He had so many questions and was sad to hear that so many people lost their lives. The monuments were beautiful. We will have to spend more time here and make it our only destination. Definitely worth seeing.
Wonderful place, well maintained and so many friendly helpful volunteers there. We went in the tremendous heat and got to give them credit for still getting into character and costume and giving such enthusiastic performances and so much information. The video, the cyclorama was amazing with great detail and brilliant sound. The museum has so much information and a couple of the volunteers have such expert knowledge on things. I highly recommend this as an all day trip or a day and a half. The local cafe is good as well, good variety and well priced. Lastly is the battlefield tour, we did the self guided audio tour, there are two options to purchase, I went with the one with Stephan Lang narrating because I loved him in the movie Gettysburg, but that is a great option as well, otherwise you can take a bus tour or have a guide drive you around in your car. Remember that this is hallowed ground.
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