Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center

Published 06/24 2013 02:01PM

Updated 06/24 2013 02:53PM

In April 2008, Gettysburg made history once again when the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation opened the doors to its new Museum and Visitor Center. With 12 galleries and 24,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Visitor Center tells the story of the American Civil War and Battle of Gettysburg in ways never seen before. With a 30-minute film and Gettysburg Cyclorama presentation, the Visitor Center has already become one of Gettysburg's most popular attractions.

The new Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War offers visitors a 21st-century museum experience that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and its significance to our nation's history, within the context of the causes and consequences of the Civil War.

The museum showcases an extensive collection of artifacts and archival materials and provides visitors with a distinctive perspective of the Civil War through the words of its participants and spectators, including Presidents Lincoln and Davis, Generals Meade and Lee, soldiers, correspondents and civilians.

Through a variety of exhibits, interactive displays, films, and a host of research resources, the new Gettysburg Museum of the provides a Civil War experience unlike any other. The museum is located within the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. The $103 million facility, which opened in April 2008, has been designed to help prepare visitors for their stay in Gettysburg, while at the same time offering such 21st-century amenities as:

A computer resource room that gives visitors access to information about the people, the battle, the collection, and the monuments - all of which make Gettysburg an excellent educational experience.

The Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center -- multi- purpose educational facilities -- the center provides dedicated space for teacher workshops, classroom use and distance learning programs.

The Refreshment Saloon is a museum cafe with an outdoor dining terrace that offers visitors the opportunity to experience Civil War-era foods and recipes. A Museum Bookstore that includes an extensive selection of Gettysburg, Civil War, and Lincoln-related titles for all ages, as well as a variety of Gettysburg - related gifts and memorabilia.

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