Welcome Reception Information

Welcome Reception Information – Sunday, September 25 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm:

We hope you can join us for the welcome reception being held at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.  The Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park is the best place to start your visit to Gettysburg and really sets the stage for all you will experience. 

You’ll get the opportunity to see the film, A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by Morgan Freeman and sponsored by The History Channel.  This film places the monumental events of the Battle of Gettysburg into the larger context of the Civil War and American History.

The Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama Painting is a 100+ year old oil painting that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high.  Longer than a football field and as tall as a four-story structure, the Gettysburg Cyclorama oil painting immerses visitors in the fury of Pickett’s Charge during the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.   Today the Gettysburg Cyclorama is displayed the way the artist, Paul Philippoteaux originally intended with an overhead canopy and a three-dimensional diorama foreground that realistically features stone walls, broken fences, shattered trees and a cannon.  The Gettysburg Diorama is one of the world’s largest military dioramas, with a 30-minute light-and-sound show displayed on a miniature field depicting Gettysburg as it appeared in 1863.

The Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War offers visitors a museum experience that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and its significance to our nation’s history.  The museum’s collections of artifacts, interactive and visual stations and archival items in addition to 12 exhibit galleries provide visitors perspectives from President Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Generals George Gordon Meade and Robert E. Lee, soldiers, war correspondents and civilians.    Five of the galleries include short video presentations on the causes of the Civil War, the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg and the results of war, and two “Voices” theaters feature readings from battle participants. Of the 12 galleries, 11 are based on phrases from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and organized around the museum’s major themes, including the Gettysburg Campaign, and the causes and consequences of the American Civil War.