2-Day Untold Stories of Civil War Tour

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Get ready for an exciting 2-day adventure through Gettysburg and the surrounding area as you take in Civil War stories we doubt you've heard before! Your group will learn so many new facts and be entertained all along the way with this fun and educational 2-day student trip!


National Museum of Civil War Medicine

This small museum focuses on medical, surgical, and nursing practices during the American Civil War and works to 'document the medicinal treatment of wounded soldiers' through its various exhibits, collections, dioramas, and videos. There are over 5,000 artifacts on display at any given time!  Your group can walk around the museum on your own time or sign up for any of the many different group/guided tour options, with options such as add-on activities, scholarly talks, walking tours, and behind the scenes views.

National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is one of the most visited holy sites near Gettysburg, a well-known US religious site and education center that pays tribute to the life and mission of none other than Elizabeth Ann Seton. You will see illustrations, anecdotes, and various 19th-century artifacts relating to her life, such as several personal letters all throughout the museum. Watch the 12-minute informational video covering Seton's life, then consider taking a tour of her homes and grounds surrounding the museum.


Shriver House Museum

This 19th-century home-turned-museum is the perfect spot for your group to learn all about the Civil War, its local impact, and how the daily lives of civilians went on during the war. The house itself is the former home of a local Civil War soldier's family and it explores the civilian experience, with several stories about the family and their daily lives.  The guides here are dressed in period attire, allowing you to travel back in time with them to when this spot was Shriver's Saloon and Ten-Pin Alley, or a bit later when it was a local soldier hospital. Visit the attic to see the sharpshooters' nest in which two Confederate soldiers died, and ask about the spots that PBS, A&E, and the History Channel shot while visiting.

Seminary Ridge Museum

Explore the permanent exhibits, all three floors of them, and immerse yourself into the battle and its history. This museum is one of the Civil War's most historic buildings, located right along the National Park Services' auto tour route. If your group is at least 13 years of age you can participate in the highly popular Cupola Tour, a close look at the gun turret used by Union General John Buford to span the field with a great 360-degree view. The turret is located in the museum attic. Stop by the Museum Shop, participate in interactive activities such as the Become a Soldier or Civil War Emergency Care experiences, or perhaps take a stroll on the educational 1 mile walking trail outside.

Gettysburg Heritage Center

Inside the museum, your group will be able to explore various 3-D photos, programs, artifacts, interactive displays, and storyboards that explain the lasting effects of war on all of those involved. Before you leave the museum stop and view the award-winning 20-minute movie presentation Gettysburg: An Animated Map, created by the Civil War Trust.If interested, your group can opt-in for an additional tour after your visit to the museum, with several different options such as walking tours, bus tours, iPhone tours, and even horse and carriage tours.