The Gettysburg Cyclorama is an amazing attraction that is a must-see on a visit to Gettysburg National Park. Housed in the new Gettysburg visitor center, it is a unique attraction that is intended to provide the visitor with a soldiers view of Picketts Charge on the final day at the Battle of Gettysburg.
At 377 feet in circumference, and 42 feet high, the enormous oil painting is meant to surround the visitor and the effect is awe-inspiring. Coupled with a raised platform, curtains covering the edges, and with lights and sound it is an experience that must not be missed. In September 2008, the cyclorama was re-introduced to the public after a painstaking five-year restoration.
The giant oil painting was the creation of Frenchman Paul Philippoteaux. He went to great lengths to interview survivors, study the landscape and learn military strategy before beginning the project. First viewed in 1884 at a time when cycloramas were very popular, the the audiences were delighted. The cyclorama traveled from city to city bringing the battle experience to the masses.
The painting displays soldiers at the height of battle, the wounded and dying with total chaos and draws one in with it's immersive power to create an experience that won't soon be forgotten. Come visit the Gettysburg Cyclorama on your trip to the area.
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Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, PA 17325
Hours: November-March (8am-5pm), April-October (8am-6pm)
Open 362 days a year with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Battlefield hours of operation: April 1-October 31 (6am-10pm), November 1-March 31 (6am-7pm)
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