A Student of History

March 12, 2008

A new $103M Museum and Visitor Ctr at Gettysburg

Filed under: Historic Places,Wars — John Maass @ 7:33 am

In the NYT there’s an article with nice photos of the new $1.3M museum and visitor’s center that will open in April at Gettysburg National Military Park.  Am I the only one who does not think it looks very…Civil War?  Looks more like the dairy science building at a state college to me.

THE old visitor center and museum at the Gettysburg National Military Park was cramped, obsolete and a little too close to history. The brick building, built in the 1920s as a private home, was part of a complex that sat where Union lines had stood for the last two days of the most famous battle in the Civil War.

Park workers and Civil War buffs have been waiting for decades for the opening of the new center and the debut on Sept. 26 of the restored 377-foot circular “Battle of Gettysburg” mural, which was completed in 1884 by the French painter Paul Philippoteaux and 20 other artists. The new museum has been designed so that its galleries of artifacts will give visitors a better historical context for what really happened when Union and Confederate soldiers clashed in the rolling farmland of south-central Pennsylvania 145 years ago.

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