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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

The Shriver House Museum tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg from the civilian side, in a restored home built in 1860.

Recommended Ages: Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors


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While the main focus for most trips is the National Military Park just south of town, the historic battle was also fought on the streets of Gettysburg.

The Shriver House is one of the many buildings involved in the three day fight. Confederate sharpshooters were perched in the attic, and the home was used as a makeshift hospital in the aftermath of the battle.

The tour takes you from the top to the bottom of the house, and tells the story of the Shriver family, and how their lives were effected by the conflict. Hearing the story from this point of view helps visitors fully understand that the war in many places, like Gettysburg, was not fought only on rolling fields and hills, but sometimes directly through towns and homes.

We found the tour to be extremely interesting, with details on the time period, family, and battle, all of which relate to one another.

Younger children might not enjoy the tour as much, and the price of the tour might deter some families on a budget. But the cost of the tour is comparable to other museums in town, and the experience and point of view is worth it - and something you won't get elsewhere in Gettysburg.