Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
LocationGettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA
The Gettysburg National Military Park is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. This suite of interactive and media-rich installations created for the park's museum presents the historical significance and meaning of the Battle of Gettysburg within the greater context of the Civil War. Diverse media experiences range from game-like challenges to in-depth database-driven resources; from large-scale passive presentations to multi-user interactives and individual stations—there is something to engage individuals and groups, young and old, experts and the uninitiated.
Visitors are able to understand the actual movements of troops during the three days of the battle, as well as the subsequent monuments dedicated to military units, by exploring sophisticated interactive maps. Younger audiences can test their skills in deciphering signals and bugle calls, while the political seeds of the war are exposed in detail for visitors that desire a broader understanding of the early figures and texts important in sparking off the Civil War. Apart from the main exhibit area, a resource room offers a subset of interactives with more access to texts and links to historical sources for those researchers and visitors interested in deep investigations into the war.
Press & AwardsHOW, Interactive Design Awards, Merit, Kiosks, 2009“New Museum Guides Visitors Through Gettysburg,” Associated Press, Martha Raffaele, April 23, 2008
Interactive touches—both high- and low-tech—are scattered throughout the museum...Visitors can touch a replica of slave shackles and find out for themselves how heavily a soldier’s backpack weighed him down. Using touch-screen computers, they can learn how to recognize bugle calls, decode signal corps flag messages, and locate battlefield monuments.“At Last, a Gettysburg Redress,” Washington Post, Philip Kennicott, April 14, 2008
The historical galleries next to the theaters are very much in line with the contemporary trend toward media-dense exhibits, filled with shorter films in mini-theaters, all carefully structured to draw the viewer through ‘a narrative’ presentation of the war, its causes and its aftermath.“Center Designed to Put Gettysburg into Perspective,” Baltimore Sun, Edward Gunts, April 14, 2008
The visitor center has been designed to immerse visitors in the Gettysburg story by exposing them to the National Park Service’s extensive collection of war objects, artifacts and archival materials, as well as interactive exhibits and displays that will prepare them to tour the areas where the fighting took place.“Reinforcing History,” Philadelphia Enquirer, Amy Worden, April 13, 2008
In another area, visitors can tap computer stations to see whether their ancestors fought here and follow troop movements on a touch screen.© 2013 Second Story, Inc.