Gettysburg Heritage Center borders the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield and provides guests with an interactive understanding of what the town was like before, during and after the battles that took place in and around Gettysburg. The center has artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions. You can also hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things during a time of chaos.
of the Gettysburg Heritage Center opened its doors on April 19, 1962. At that
time the center was called The National Civil War Wax Museum. The museum
contained more than 35 scenes and over 300 life size wax figures. The goal of
the museum was and still is to provide guests with an understanding of the
causes and consequences of the Civil War.
The complex around
the center continues to undergo improvements. In 2000 the area adjacent to the
center was developed into “Veteran’s Park.” In 2001 the Battle Room inside the
center was updated to include a digitally enhanced audiovisual presentation.
The center prides itself on being one of the only attractions to depict events
of the entire Civil War as well as the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s
also specializes in gifts, collectibles, art, books, apparel and home décor.
Many of the items they have for sale are exclusive to the Gettysburg Heritage
Center. They also take pride in offering quality merchandise at a reasonable