Since it’s about a 3 hour drive to Gettysburg from where we live, we left here at around 7.30am. It was a smooth drive through the nice landscape of Pennsylvania.
The sky first looked gray and cloudy but cleared more and more the closer we got to Gettysburg.
We arrived at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center (1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, ) at about 10.30am. There, we bought a value package for the museum, film, cyclorama, and battlefield tour for $36 per person.
The film A New Birth of Freedom narrated by Morgan Freeman started at 10.45am. It was very informative and even though it focused on the Battle of Gettysburg, it also gave a lot of information about the Civil War, its cause, and the role of President Abraham Lincoln.
From the small movie theater we were led to the cyclorama where we stood on a platform in the middle of a round room surrounded by a 360° painting of the battlefield. Between the painting and the platform was an extension of the picture through models which gave it a 3D effect. For a few minutes, the narrator takes the visitors back to Pickett’s Charge on the 3rd day of the Battle of Gettysburg while everything he mentions is highlighted on the painting.


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