Pennsylvania - Visit the Civil War museum and battlefields in Gettysburg


Memorial on the battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania

If you are planning your travel along the east coast of the United States, and you are interested in the history of the United States, specifically, for its Civil war, visit Gettysburg It can be an interesting option to remember that time.

Gettysburg we find it northwest of Baltimore, and west of Philadelphia. Specific, 133 miles from Washington, just under two hours.

In Gettysburg it took place in July 1863, the most important battle of the American Civil War, in which for three days they fought 165,000 soldiers (75,000 Confederates and 90,000 from the Union), and in the end there were more than 50,000 casualties, between dead and wounded. This battle marked the beginning of the offensive of the Union troops.

Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center

In our visit to Gettysburg, the interest will be focused on visiting the battlefields, but the visit has to be initiated by the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center, which was remodeled in April 2008.

The new Visitor Center is a centenary barn that has been remodeled to house this center. It is located in the center of the so-called Gettysburg National Military Park, on Highway 15, just leave the town to the south.

Gettysburg Cemetery in Pennsylvania

Cyclorama in Gettysburg

The main attraction of the Gettysburg Visitor Center is the Cyclorama, a 360-degree circular painting, which was created in 1884, and where battle scenes are detailed, currently complemented by special effects.

It also projects a 22 minute movie of duration, "A New Birth of Freedom", related by Morgan Freeman, in which the story of the battle is told. The combined exhibition of Cyclorama and the film is made every 15 minutes in summer, and every 30 minutes in winter.

The Visitor Center is complemented by a large museum dedicated to the American Civil War, with 11 rooms where numerous material of the time is exhibited and different interactive videos are projected that allow us to understand the history of the battle.

He entrance fee to the Gettysburg Visitor Center (June 2009) is $ 10.5 adults, and $ 6.5 children. It is open from 8 am to 5 pm, in winter, and until 7 pm, in summer. For 55 dollars you can hire a guide who accompanies us on our own on a two-hour route through the battlefields explaining the details of it (the guide service must be booked at least three days in advance).

Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania

In Gettysburg There are other small museums created around the battle. For example, the Jenny Wade House wave Shriver House, in which the life of the civilians who lived in those houses during the battle is remembered.

Gettysburg National Military Park

The battlefields of Gettysburg occupy 2,300 hectares grouped throughout the area called Gettysburg National Military Park , in which you can see the Cemetery and more than 1,400 monuments and memorials. In this large park there are several points of special interest, although the place most visited by tourists is the Devils Den Rock, A rocky area.

Another highlight is Little round top, located on top of a hill, which allows to have interesting panoramic views of the battlefield. Both areas remain as they were in 1863, the year of the battle.

Since I personally have not had occasion to visit Gettisburg, I recommend reading the report on this visit published by the photographer José Pujol in his blog La Mesa de Luz, which includes an excellent photo report.

More information to visit Gettysburg

  • See Gettysburg on the map of Pennsylvania
  • Official website of the Gettyburg National Military Park Museum (in English)
  • See web Visit Gettysburg (in English)
  • Gettysburg Foundation website (in English)
  • See report on Gettysburg on the blog The light table