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“right wing tokens make bad souvenirs for a history museum”

Gettysburg Museum of History
Ranked #12 of 112 things to do in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Museum that was featured on History's "American Picker's" The Gettysburg Museum Of History has over 4,000 artifacts on display. The Museum is FREE TO THE PUBLIC! The Museum covers all areas of American History. Military and Political History are the focus with some pop culture covered. Some highlights include: A lock of George and Martha Washington's hair, Abraham Lincoln's wallet and opera glasses,John Wilkes Booth's splint relic, the largest collection of Gettysburg battlefield relics on display in Gettysburg, an autograph or manuscript from each president, Harry Truman's hat, Dwight D. Eisenhower's golf clubs, JFK's rocking chair, suit, and bloodstained limousine upholstery from the assassination, the flag that flew during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Shell casing from Ruby's gun that Killed Oswald, Hitler's silver that was captured by U.S. forces at his home. The Fredrick G. Pfeffer collection of relics from Pickett's Charge. The Robert L. White collection of JFK, The Captain Good collection (wounded in action at Gettysburg) includes the items he used during the battle and the bullet that wounded him! Uniforms,flags, accoutrements, weapons, documents, photos, much much more!The Gettysburg Museum Of History also buys artifacts as well as sells them. Please stop by and see the most amazing collection in Gettysburg at no charge!
Reviewed 8 January 2018

This establishment feels like a twist between a Flea Market and a museum. There are some interesting pieces, and the lay out is easy to get around. Nothing, however, justified that this museum collects income from selling modern right wing tokens such as shot glasses with the Confederate flag that say, "heritage not hate,' "don't tread on me" patches, and Confederate flags to be hung outside ones home.

The battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, and I would expect that a museum seeking to accurately represent that history would be resistant to the revisionist historical accounts of this war such as are perpetuated by groups such as the Daughters of the Confederacy, who sought to rewrite the war as a battle over states rights rather than the emancipation of slavery. This revisionist goal and history is well documented.

Either unwittingly or intentionally, the sale of token that represent a historically inaccurate revision of the Civil War is unacceptable in an establishment that claims to be a "museum of history."

5  Thank Jy K
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

This was a great place to stop on a rainy day, they have a lot of unique exhibits. The biggest challenge was the layout. There are a lot of artifacts/exhibits in very small areas and one general path for people to walk. Passing someone is a challenge. The only thing that was a bit out of the ordinary was the number of signs and mentions that 'the museum is free by your donations' and donation request signs.

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Reviewed 27 November 2017

There was so much memorabilia to see spanning years of history. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not just artifacts related to the Civil War. There is plenty to grab the interest of all ages. Thanks for your passion to preserve and share.

Thank christina b
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Probably the most amazing museum I’ve ever been in. I could spend hours looking at all of the amazing artifacts the owner has collected through the years. There are things you won’t see in a typical museum such as locks of hair, articles with blood, presidential belongings. Honestly this is a DO NOT MISS!

Thank Manda1803
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

This is one of our must stop when visiting Gettysburgh. You can find real authentic at reasonable prices. Something for everyone.

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