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Gettysburg Heritage Center

297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-334-6245
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Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories. Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining museum for families and tour groups of all ages. Learn what the Battle of Gettysburg meant to the people who lived here during the war. Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town - freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil. Located in the lobby of the Gettysburg Heritage Center is one of the largest and extensive gift stores. Offering a wide selection of books, apparel, gifts, collectibles, games & toys, replica weapons and much more! There is something for everyone at the Gettysburg Heritage Center!
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“wax museum” (57 reviews)
“gift shop” (47 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325
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+1 717-334-6245
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

They remodeled the interior since we were there last. They have made the retail space smaller and the history display area larger. It has more displays and information that is interactive for visitors. It was very interesting.More

Thank dj88isgreat
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear you like the new layout! We did reduce the size of our gift shop ever so slightly, but luckily, with the new display units, we were able to keep the same amount of products. Please be...More

Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We did not go through this museum but did rent the iPad for the battlefield iPad tour. It was perfect for our family of 5- we could tour at our leisure and it is so much cheaper than the traditional bus tour. We had no...More

Thank dands238
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Thank you for the wonderful review. We work with a compnay, InSite Gettysburg, who created and maintains the iPads. Many visitors, like you, enjoy being able to control their tour, stopping for as long or as little at various point of interest on the battlefield....More

Reviewed 23 August 2016

Gives you a glimpse of Gettysburg before, during and after the war. This museum has great 3D-pictures and films. The movie with the civil war scene, complete with wax figures is a don't miss!

Thank kmsconcannon
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Thank you for the great review! Many guests like the final movie, as it gives a good overview to the battle. Please stop back and see us again on your next visit! Thank you, Stephanie

Reviewed 21 August 2016

Formerly a wax museum, The Gettysburg Heritage Center now offers many unique displays describing the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg. There are primary sources (letters), re-enactments, models, short film clips, even a simulated "cellar experience," showing what it was like to hide in...More

Thank mathstudent245
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Thank you for the great review! We have so much to offer visitors, from our museum, to the gift shop, tours and a great new restaurant right next door. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! We are continually changing and growing, both in...More

Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Usually we take visitors to the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center. We were visiting with our grandchildren and heard about this museum. This museum had a lot of interactions for them, 3 D glasses to view movies. We found the simulation of what the towns...More

Thank Sue B
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Sue B., Thank you for your feedback! I am glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We feel we compliment what the NPS Visitor Center offers. Our focus is on the town & the civilians, while they focus more on the battlefield & the soldiers....More

Reviewed 20 August 2016

My husbnd and I visited the Heritage Center with our 10 year old grandchildren. We had been there with them a couple of years ago right after it opened with new owners, and the displays weren't as extensive yet as they are now. Our grandchildren...More

Thank kah49
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Thank you for your review! When we renovated the museum, we wanted to have a museum that was both educational, and entertaining. We wanted it to be a museum that adults could tour, and learn on a higher level, yet have interactive programs, and engaging...More

Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We were taking a private tour with our family in Gettysburg so decided to stop in at the Heritage Center a couple of hours before. Frankly, we would probably not go back. That's just us. If you are a major history buff it's probably great,...More

Thank picnictree
Stephanie L, Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your recent visit with us. When we renovated our museum 2 years ago, our primary audience was women and children. Instead of focusing on the battle, we turned the focus...More

Reviewed 17 August 2016

This was a unique, well laid out museum of the experience of the battle from the people who lived in Gettsyburg. Don't miss the "Cellar Experience" where you can imagine hiding in your cellar from the battle raging outside. Also has one of the best...More

Thank Barbara B
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Barbara B., Thank you for your feedback! It is important for us to hear from our visitors! I'm so glad you enjoyed our museum and the cellar experience. It is one the most talked about exhibits in the museum! Thank you too for your kind...More

Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Perfect place to start your Gettysburg experience. They present the Battle of Gettysburg from the civilians' perspectives. Very, very interesting and well done. We especially liked the cellar experience.More

Thank Amy M
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Amy M, Thank you for your review! It is great to hear from our visitors! The cellar experience is probably our most talked about exhibit in our museum. We worked to create an experience that visitors could relate to, and understand what the civilians endured...More

Reviewed 15 August 2016

This was across the street from our hotel. You can book tours or buy buy your souvenirs. They had a group of reenactors camping out over the weekend, giving demonstrations and such.More

Thank kshoulde
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Thank you for the great review! Beyond our museum, and gift shop, we offer several other services, and not too many people realize that. I'm so happy you came over to visit with us, and we were able to assist you! We have access to...More

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TheChiefess
28 February 2016|
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Response from Stephanie L | Property representative |
Thanks for your question! There is parking on-site, directly behind the museum. If you happen to park elsewhere in town, there is a trolley service that you can ride as well. Thanks!
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mccolby23
15 May 2015|
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Response from Stephanie L | Property representative |
The iPad tour is a tour of the battlefield, using a specially programmed iPad that you pick up from our facility. As you follow the GPS synced map, the iPad tells you about the three-day battle. There are certain stops... More
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mccolby23
15 May 2015|
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Response from Stephanie L | Property representative |
The previous responses are very helpful, and mostly correct. It is $35 for 5 hours, and you receive an iPad loaded with a specilized tour. It is linked via GPS, and as you travel tells you about the three day battle. The... More
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