The Gettysburg Cyclorama

When you visit Gettysburg, if you haven’t already done so I highly recommend the Cyclorama.  It’s a wonderful experience.  To give you a taste of it, here’s a video by Lynn Heller of the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table giving us some close-ups of various parts of the painting.  This is really neat.



  1. I haven’t been to Gettysburg since the 1980s. The last time I was there, they had a huge map in an auditorium with bleachers. It had little colored lights to show the troop movements. I loved that thing. I seriously doubt it’s there today.

    1. The electric map is now in Hanover, PA. There have been many changes since your last visit, Chris. You won’t recognize the place. 🙂

  2. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Can hardly wait to see it in its new home. The detail is spectacular. The last time I saw it was ten or twelve years ago and I found it dark and dingy. Have heard/read nothing but praise for the restoration project. Interesting that when the old cyclorama building in Zeigler’s Grove was torn down in 2013, the National Trust for Historic Preservation termed it a historic site. Kinda hard to understand how a modern building put up in the 1960s should be considered a historic site. I suppose then that the National Tower could also have been considered a historic site. FWIW, I thought the tower was ugly. But I sure liked the panoramic view of the battlefield from the top. You could see the entire battlefield right there below you.

  3. jfepperson · · Reply

    I love the Cyclorama. Just love it. Took Jay when we were there a few years ago.

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