Visitor's Center & Cyclorama

Trip Start Jun 30, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Our trip started at 6 am on Tuesday, and we got into the car to drive the three and a half hours west to Gettysburg. 

Our first stop was the Visitor's Center, which was recently moved outside of the main town.  The museum, which takes up most of the Visitor's Center, leads you through a detailed history of the Civil War, paying particular attention to the Battle of Gettysburg.  The size of the collection is amazing --- ranging from uniforms, weapons and artillery, musical instruments, furniture, and even food.  Videos were interspersed throughout the exhibit to add details and context of the battles.

When you purchase tickets to the museum, you also receive admission to the Cyclorama, a painting done on several canvases and connected together to look seamless.  Prior to entering the Cyclorama, we had a picnic lunch outside the Visitor's Center and were very happy that the rain held off.  At noon, we went back to the auditorium for a half hour movie narrated by Morgan Freeman on the Battle of Gettysburg.  Directly after the video, you are given the opportunity to view the Cyclorama.  What a breathtaking painting!  With the images in 360 degrees around you, you feel as though you were there at the battle.
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