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Shriver House Museum - The Civilian Experience


309 Baltimore Street

Gettysburg, PA 17325





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Special pricing is available for groups of ten or more.

Tour Operators, please call for tiered pricing. Motorcoach parking is provided directly in front of the Museum, compliments of the Shriver House Museum.

Tours for groups of ten or more are available any time from 8 am through 10 pm, all year long.

For group reservations please contact Nancie Gudmestad, Museum Director, at 717-337-2800 or

You may know what happened on the battlefield... but do you know what happened to the families and their homes in town? 

Dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg, the Shriver House Museum is situated in the heart of Gettysburg's Historic District. Travel back in time with a guide in period attire as you walk through the Shrivers’ pre-Civil War home to learn the other side of the story - the civilian side of the Battle of Gettysburg. Connect to the past while you listen to the story of George, Hettie, Sadie (7) and Mollie (5) unfold as you move from room to room to appreciate what life was like before, during, and after the Civil War.

The Shriver family was one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Gettysburg. To enter their home today is to take a step back in time. View large, beautiful rooms authentically furnished to the mid-1800s to understand what life was like at the time in south-central Pennsylvania. See every room in the Shrivers' home plus the Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic - where modern forensics confirm eye-witness accounts of soldiers shot and killed - and a visit to Shriver's Saloon in the cellar.

Hundreds of items on display were discovered during the restoration of the Shrivers' home in 1996 including live civil war ammunition, civil war period medical supplies and much, much more.

Due to the award-winning, meticulous restoration, the Shriver House Museum been used as a filming site by PBS, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, A&E, HGTV, BBC, CNN and The History Channel.

  • Built in 1860 as residence/business: 'Shriver's Saloon & Ten-Pin Alley'
  • Guided tours conducted by docent in period attire
  • Every room is frozen in time and furnished to its 1860s appearance - from the quilts on the beds (made in Gettysburg in the 1840s) to the apple pie on the kitchen table
  • Authentic sharpshooters nest in the attic - where two Confederates died
  • See the devastating aftermath families had to deal with when the soldiers left town
  • CSI Detectives use modern forensics to confirm blood stains
  • Live civil war bullets and medical supplies found during the restoration
  • Used as a hospital to tend to the wounded
  • Numerous bullet holes scar the brick
  • 19thcentury period garden
  • Filming site for PBS, History Channel, A&E, Discovery Channel and many more
  • Museum shop 


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Attraction Information

  • Tour Type : Guided Tour

Property Information

  • Group Tour Contact : Nancie W. Gudmestad, Museum Director
  • General : On-site Bus Parking, Student Friendly, Gift Shop

Group Tour Information

  • Average Time Required : 1 hour
  • # Required for Group Discount : 10

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