Visiting the Gettysburg Diorama and History Center
The Gettysburg Diorama and History Center is a must-see while visiting Gettysburg Pennsylvania. It's a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction that is family-friendly and offers a wonderful learning experience for young and old. You can park nearby (for free) and take your leisurely time exploring the history center.
The 3-day battle of Gettysburg is in miniature and brought to life at the Gettysburg Diorama which features a 30 minute light and sound show of the 3-day battle. The battlefield itself was spread out over 6,000 acres of land, an area that is often hard to visualize. The Diorama puts all of this into perspective with their light and sound show of how the battlefield looked back in 1863.
Carefully research & meticulously assembled, the diorama contains over 20,000 hand-painted soldiers, horses, cannons, artillery, fences, buildings, trees, etc. that make up the large diorama. As you walk around it, you can see all of the different battles & skirmishes that went on, as well as their location around and in Gettysburg.
By visiting this attraction you can picture the battle through the eyes of General Meade and General Lee as the narrative unfolds in miniature scale. As you leisurely walk around you'll see the large diorama of the battle, artwork & collectibles hang on the wall and you'll find some hand's-on interactive displays too.
On the day that we visited, they weren't crowded at all and we could really take our time exploring the place. It was really an informative and educational experience about the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg. Everything is set up really nicely and as you go from one area to another...it builds on what you just learned. Trust me, you'll learn a lot!
After your down exploring the history center, you can do a little shopping in their gift shop for collectibles & souvenirs. While we were there, we purchased combined admission discount tickets for other nearby attractions which help to save you a little bit of money if you plan on visiting other tourist attractions during your visit.
The Gettysburg Diorama and History Center is open 7 days week and within walking distance of the many attractions on Steinwehr Avenue including Soldier's National Cemetery, the Lincoln Train Museum and the Gettysburg Heritage Center & Museum are all nearby. You'll find it located on 241 Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.