Museums & History
By day, Gettysburg offers visitors the chance to further understand the courage and hardships of the soldiers at our many Civil War related museums, on the Battlefield, or by stepping back in time with a tour of an authentic Civil War house tour.
Adams County Courthouse
Located in historic Gettysburg, the Adams County Courthouse is over 125 years old and reflects the rich heritage of the town and battlefield.
Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum
The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum opened July 1, 2013 – 150 years to the day after the Battle of Gettysburg began– and features 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibit galleries and educational programming to interpret three major areas of emphasis—none of which are the focus of any other museum in Gettysburg:
- The pivotal first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on Seminary Ridge
- The care of the wounded and human suffering within Schmucker Hall during its use as a Civil War field hospital
- The moral, civic, and spiritual debates of the Civil War era.
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Home and farm of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President and his wife, Mamie. Guided tours of the farm, grounds and house, exhibits, Eisenhower video, and bookstore.
General Lee's Headquarters
The Gettysburg Headquarters of General Lee and his staff housing one of the finest private Civil War collections in Gettysburg. Groups and individuals welcome!
Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center
There are as many ways to explore the battlefield as there are interests of the visitors who come to the Visitor Center. The battlefield can be visited by car, bus, or a guided tour, the National Park Service self-guided walking tours, join the crowd of a park ranger led tour, or enjoy touring the 40 miles of battlefield roads by bicycle or galloping across the 5,700 acres of field by horseback.
Gettysburg Black History Museum
As early as the late 1700's Africans were brought to Gettysburg as slave labor. In the course of time others would arrive as free men. It is not widely known that while much of the nation lay in the grip of slavery, approximately 180 African Americans living a mere ten miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line lived as free men and women in Gettysburg. Find out more about their story at the Gettysburg Black History Museum.
A yearly tradition, this year join us for the 151st Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment, the single largest and one of the most pivotal military engagements ever fought on American soil. The event will take place just outside of Gettysburg from July 4-6, 2014. This is an all-day, family event where dusty old history books will come alive.
Jennie Wade House Museum
Mary Virginia Wade, better known as Jennie Wade, was the only civilian killed during the American Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1863 while baking bread for Union soldiers. The house of Jennie Wade is displayed with some original items and is one of three of the same type of house in Gettysburg.
Lincoln Train Museum
This museum highlights President Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg from Washington D.C. and features over 1,000 model trains from many countries, dioramas and more.
Rupp House History Center
Opened in June 2003, the Rupp House History Center offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the civilians of Gettysburg, as well as the soldiers, during the battle. The Rupp House features interactive displays and hands-on exhibits.
Meticulously restored to its 1860s appearance, visitors today are able to visualize what life was like back in mid-1800, south-central Pennsylvania and gain a better understanding of how the battle affected the 2400 citizens who called Gettysburg "home." The home of George and Hettie Shriver tells the story of what life was like for everyday citizens of our historic town during a time of great conflict and unrest.
Soldier's National Museum in Gettysburg
Ever wonder what life in the Civil War was like from the perspective of the soldier? At the Soldiers National Museum walk through a full-scale recreation of one of their campsites and see the men washing their clothes, cooking their dinner, playing cards, or just trying to relax in the face of oncoming battle. You’ll discover such Civil War artifacts as a battered drum that rolled beneath the roar of many battles and a Yankee Rifle that can be “loaded on Sunday and fired all week!”
In July 1863, the American Civil War came to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Four months later, President Abraham Lincoln followed to honor the fallen. The Wills House is where he stayed during that historic visit. The museum illustrates life with the Wills family as the Battle of Gettysburg threatened their home and how a simple invitation from David Wills resulted in the most famous speech in American history—the Gettysburg Address.
Ghost Tours in Gettysburg
Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours
Based on the best-selling book series "Ghosts of Gettysburg" by Mark Nesbitt, the Ghosts of Gettysburg tours traverse the location what may be the most haunted site stemming from the Civil War.
Miss Betty's Ghosts in Gettysburg
Experience the most haunted ghost tour in Gettysburg, PA, as Miss Betty, renown ghost storyteller and paranormal, re-lives the Battle of Gettysburg, through the spirits it has left behind.
Historic Farnsworth House Ghost Tours
Home of Gettysburg's longest running ghost tour company. For over 20 years, the Farnsworth House has provided Gettysburg's most original and exciting haunted tours.