Cycloramas are large-sized oil on canvas paintings that were popular in the late 1800's in Europe and North America. When viewing a cyclorama you get a 3-D effect, which allows you to see the entire scene 360 degrees. These displays are often enhanced with colorful lights, sounds and life-sized displays to help the scene really come to life for those who are viewing them.
We first watched the film which features Morgan Freeman during the narrating and once it was over, they moved our entire group up to the Cyclorama. To get there, we rode up on an escalator. If you're handicapped or having problems walking or using an escalator, they do have a special motorized handicap lift.
The Gettysburg Cyclorama is 377 feet long, 42 feet high and weighs 12.5 tons. It's quite stunning to see and after you see it and hear the presentation, you can really put the Battle of Gettysburg into perspective. The lights and sounds are amazing, and really grab the viewer's attention. We saw mostly adults experiencing it, and the few children that we saw were enjoying the presentation too.
You can learn more about the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center where the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama is housed by visiting their website online. If you're planning a visit to Gettysburg, especially if you plan on taking a Gettysburg Battlefield Tour, we highly recommend that you visit the Museum and experience the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama too. It was an amazing experience!
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