About the Gettysburg Heritage Center
The Gettysburg Heritage Center & Gettysburg Gift Center have been staples in the Gettysburg community for almost one half of a century!
After immigrating to the United States from Poland during World War II, C M Uberman, founding owner and operator had a vision. His vision became a reality when opening the doors to the public on Thursday, April 19, 1962. Originally operating as The National Civil War Wax Museum, the museum complex has undergone a transformation in an effort to enhance each visitor's experience.
The museum, containing more than 35 scenes and over 300 life-size wax figures, was and still is intended to give the visitor an understanding of the causes and consequences of the Civil War, as well as some familiarity with the leading personalities who shaped the conflict.
Since the museum's opening, more than 8 million visitors have passed through this Gettysburg landmark. Popular with school groups, and families alike, the museum remains the only attraction in Gettysburg to depict the events of the entire Civil War, as well as discuss the events of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.
Enhancements are continuously made throughout the museum complex. In 2000, the area adjacent to the museum was developed into "Veteran's Park." The park provides a tranquil setting with benches, shade trees and plantings of which are indigenous to the area. In 2001, the Battle room exhibit was updated to include a digitally enhanced audiovisual presentation.
In 2004, to better represent all that the complex has to offer, the National Civil War Wax Museum changed its name to the American Civil War Wax Museum. Although the name changed, the complex offers the same quality museum and Battle room, along with the largest and finest gift shop in Gettysburg.
The Gettysburg Heritage Center specializes in an extensive selection of gifts & collectibles, art, books, apparel and home decor. The gift center prides itself in offering quality merchandise at a good price with excellent customer service. Many items in the gift shop are exclusive to the Gettysburg Heritage Center and cannot be found anywhere else.
The Gettysburg Heritage Center complex has hosted many recognizable names over the past years. Some of which include: Mamie Eisenhower, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Kyle Petty, John Schneider, and Jeff Shaara.
The Gettysburg Heritage Center complex located at 297 Steinwehr Ave., Gettysburg, PA is continuously growing and changing in an effort to make each guest's visit a positive experience.
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