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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
+1 717-337-2800
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You may know what happened on battlefield...but do you know what happened to the families and their homes in town? The Shriver House Museum is an award-winning Civil War museum dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg. The story is told through the eyes of the Shriver family, whose ancestors settled in the area in the 1700s. While George Shriver served in the Union army, his wife, Hettie, was worried about the safety of their daughters, Mollie (5) and Sadie (7), as well as their home. When soldiers filled the streets of Gettysburg, Hettie (27) chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top; where she thought they would be out of harm's way. Hettie could not know she jumped from the frying pan into the fire or that her unoccupied home would offer the Rebels an outstanding view of Union ground. It was quickly commandeered by Confederates to set up a sharpshooters' nest in the attic. Today the Shrivers' home appears much the same way it did when it was built in 1860, just a few months before the Civil War began. Guides in period dress recount the harrowing story of the Shriver family's experiences as you walk through their home - from the Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic, through their finely-appointed home, to Shriver's Saloon in the cellar. The story of George Shriver was not well-known until 1996 when his house, which sat abandoned for nearly 30 years, was painstakingly restored to its original appearance. Today the Shrivers' story is one of the most intriguing stories told when it comes to the civilian aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
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Reviewed yesterday

Visitors are taken on a tour of the house by a costumed guide who tells the story of one family's true experience. It's like ".walking through a story".

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The house is original. the furnishings are period and the tour is informative. It was interesting to see Gettysburg through the eyes of a family.

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to comment on our tour. Hope you enjoyed your entire visit in Gettysburg.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful museum from the civilian's perspective. The people who do the tours are really friendly and informative. They dress in period clothing which is great as well. It was about a 30 minute tour, but very informative and affordable. Cute little gift shop next door.

Thank Melissa L
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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for posting a review and we are so glad you enjoyed the Shrivers' story. Hope we get to see you again.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the perfect museum to bring children to so that they can learn about Gettysburg. It is enjoyable for adults too. Worth visiting. The tour takes under 1 hour.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent depiction of life during the Battle of Gettysburg. Much authenticity in this "museum". Worth your time.

Thank PAAnnR
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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this review!! We are glad that you enjoyed the time you spent here. Hope to see you again the next time you are in Gettysburg.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I dreamed of visiting Gettysburg. We stayed there several days this past week and visited many things. We are in complete agreement that the Shriver House was by far our favorite place to visit. The tour guides in period dressing are so...More

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed touring the Shrivers' home and hearing their story and look forward to seeing you again when you return. Thank you!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 4 (2 Kids 11 and 9) went here on recommendation of a local citizen. It was well worth the visit! It added a good richness to our tour of the Battlefield the previous day, making the human impact of war real. Our...More

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

A visit to Gettysburg is not complete unless you hear both sides of the story - what happened to the soldier and what happened to the citizens caught up in the battle. Thank you for visiting; glad you all enjoyed the story.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was on our "to visit" list while in Gettysburg so signed up to do house tour 1st thing Saturday. Our tour guide "Miss Marcia" showed us into the house and took us right back to July 1863 as she described in great detail...More

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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you LaRee for visiting The Shriver House Museum. We value feedback and input from our visitors to help guide our museum experience, a perfect way to tell our future guests what they'll expect inside the museum. We are so glad you had an enjoyable...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

It is another hidden treasure in Gettysburg. It tell much history of the war and the town. Be advised that only metered parking is available, but it is worth your time. Oh, the people here are great and knowledgeable.

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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you so much for this review!! We are glad that you enjoyed the time you spent here. We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We had a wonderful tour of the Shriver House. Our guide was exceptional and really brought to life the experiences of the family who lived there in July, 1863. This is a part of the battle that most visitors don't seek out, but it is...More

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you so very much for your kind words regarding the Shriver House and the family's story.

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There is except for the attic. It isn't very strong, so if it's an especially warm day, be prepared.
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