983 York Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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Arts & Museums
The Gettysburg Museum of History is a museum like no other. Located in historic Gettysburg, PA, the museum has one of the most extensive collections of civil war artifacts, and civil war relics. This is one of the must see attractions on your Gettysburg vacation. They sell civil war gifts, civil war antiques, civil war merchandise, and Gettysburg souvenirs.
The award-winning Shriver House Museum is "dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg." First built in 1860, for George and Hettie Shriver, the home's costumed guides' 30-minute tour describes the Shriver family's experiences during the War Between the States. The tour includes the Confederate sharpshooters nest in the attic where at least two soldiers were killed.
Military artifacts, including photographs, helmets, military memorabilia posters, uniform badges and buttons, bayonets, guns and cavalry battle correspondence, from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War can be seen in the Gettysburg Quartermaster at Farnsworth House Inn.
An educational project of the Friends of Gettysburg, the Rupp House History Center allows visitors through interactive exhibits to experience 19th-century culture and learn about the civilians and soldiers who struggled here and the preservation work that is critical to understanding the Battle of Gettysburg. The Rupp House History Center is within walking distance of Gettysburg National Military Park
Formerly the Soldier’s National Orphanage and General Oliver Howard's headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg, the Soldiers National Museum's exhibits contain such pieces of history as a battered drum and a Yankee rifle. Walk through a full-scale recreation of a Confederate campsite. Artifacts and memorabilia from several other major American conflicts are also featured.
Authentically furnished, the Jennie Wade House Museum is the home of the only Gettysburg civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. While baking bread for Union soldiers, 20 year old Mary Virginia Wade was struck by a single bullet on July 3, 1863.
A 3,500 square foot art gallery displaying the work of historical artist, Dale Gallon, who has done over 250 images of the Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Iraq.
Wax figures of the Presidents of the United States of America and authentically reproduced Smithsonian Collection of First Ladies Inaugural gowns can be viewed at the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum.
Located in the stone house that General Robert E. Lee occupied during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the General Lee's Headquarters Museum is one of the oldest museums in Gettysburg and includes artifacts that tell the stories of the people that fought the battle. The General Lee's Headquarters Museum is open mid-March through November from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Be sure to visit the museum store.
A self-guided museum, the American Civil War Museum presents the entire story of the Civil War era and the Battle of Gettysburg throughout five hallways of scenes. Recreating history with life-sized dioramas of the Civil War, the tour begins with the economical, social and political causes of the war and ends with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Take a look at the paintings, souvenirs, weapons and the uniforms of the military men found at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center, which will acquaint you with the Gettysburg battle fought in 1863. At the entrance of the center, the visitors will come across a life-size statue of Abraham Lincoln that was built with the collaboration of an artist and an architect. As you proceed inside, you can avail information about the Cyclorama, a colossal painting depicting the war, the film and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. A bookstore at the center stocks a very interesting collection of historical books and on several occasions also gives discounts. The proceeds collected from the visitors are used for the preservation of the museum and the battlefield.
Owned and operated by the Biglerville Historical and Preservation Society, the National Apple Museum is housed in a restored pre-Civil War bank barn. Open on Saturdays and Sundays May through October, the National Apple Museum's mission is to preserve and exhibit the history and artifacts regarding the apple and fruit industry in Adams County. Collections and exhibits, including farming implements, early orchard photographs and a recreated 1880's farm kitchen and a general store can be found here.