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Gettysburg National Military Park

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The Gettysburg National Military Park protects and interprets the landscape of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. Located in … See more

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Jan 14, 2023
Had a wonderful time seeing the museum, watching the movie and seeing the Cyclorama. Very realistic and we felt like we were actually experiencing what happened in 1863 Full review by kathyfI6813BE
Jan 13, 2023
Aside from the great night tour and our wonderful B&B, this is a must see for everyone. You should stay in Gettysburg for 2 days at least and know the details of the museum and the battle field. To … Full review by A5726ZAjackl
Jan 2, 2023
My favorite part? The enormous number of massive monuments among the hills and the story of Battlefield Bettie - the fighting mascot of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment. I’ve wanted to go to Get… Full review by K3321GVgeorgea

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A Dramatic, 360 Degree Recreation
Depicting one of the most dramatic moments of the Civil War, the Gettysburg Cyclorama was the IMAX experience of its day, surrounding visitors on all sides with a life-like depiction of Pickett’s Charge. This scene of dramatic Southern pride was actually painted by a Frenchman, Paris-trained Paul Dominique Philippoteaux. The artist had preiously collaborated with his father on other battle scene panoramas, which were extremely popular in Europe in the 19th century.The commission for the Battle of Gettysburg panorama came in 1879 from a group of Chicgo-based investors. The massive painting was created by five artists over a year and a half. The final installation included not just the painted backdrop, but three-dimensional artifacts and objects to lend further realism to the scene.It was originally exhibited in Chicago in 1883 and was so successful that copies were made and exhibited in Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. It is the Boston copy that is now on display at the Gettysburg Museum. The others have regrettably been lost or destroyed.However, the existing cyclorama was restored by the National Parks Service in 2005. The cyclorama is 359 feet by 27 feet, and weighs in at an estimated 3 tons.Although few full-scale panoramas of the hundreds that once lured crowds around the world still exist, there are a few notable survivors: In Wroclaw, Poland, the enormous 120-year-old Raclawice Panorama lets you step into the middle of the 1794 Battle of Racławice. In Istanbul, Turkey the Panorama 1453 Museum recreates the epic fall of Constantinople. A more modern example in Damascas, Syria, the October War Panorama is dedicated to scenes from the 1973 October War between Israel, Egypt, and Syria.
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