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A Gettysburg Mainstay: The American Civil War Wax Museum

Published September 3, 2013

I’m hoping that everyone had a lovely and restful Labor Day weekend. If you spent it here in Gettysburg, let me know in the comments just what you did. I know there were lots of things happening this past weekend as people were trying to squeeze out the last few days of summer fun in any way that they can.

Fall is perhaps my favorite time of year, and while I’m a little sad that the unofficial end of summer is here, there’s a lot to look forward to. Apple festivals, cooler nights, comfortable sweaters — the list goes on.

Walking around downtown gives me a chance to think about some of the places and attractions around that help define Gettysburg to out-of-town visitors. The Gettysburg Gift Center and American Civil War Wax Museum is one of those places. It’s been a fixture for Gettysburg since opening its doors in 1962, and more than 8 million people have passed through its halls over the years. The self-guided tour recreates history with life-sized dioramas. You’ll come to understand the economic, social and political causes of the Civil War, too.

Through December 31, visitors to the Museum Complex will get a chance to view some Boy Scout memorabilia on loan from Andrew Chernak, including uniforms and insignia over the lifetime of the organization and 50th and 75th Anniversary memorabilia from the Battle on loan from local collector David Loose.

What You Need To Know

The museum is opening daily through the end of December, 9am – 5pm. Admission is $6.95 for adults and $3.95 for youth (6 – 17). Children aged five and under get free admission.

297 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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