Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Armies at Gettysburg Battle Maps
LocationGettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA
Exhibition DesignGallagher & Associates
In three different galleries, each focusing on one day in the Battle of Gettysburg, these interactive maps provide detailed data on Union and Confederate troops and their field locations.
Gettysburg draws visitors with a range of knowledge about the battle, from those who know little or nothing to throngs of enthusiasts and experts who make regular pilgrimages to the battlefield. These three interactives serve those who crave detailed information about each unit on each day of the battle: visitors can zoom and pan around maps of Gettysburg and outlying areas to visually discover where units were positioned each day, or they can use the menu system to locate units by state, corps, or brigade. When a unit is selected the number of troops within it—including breakdowns of the numbers killed, wounded and captured—along with the names of the commanders are displayed.
Press & AwardsHOW, Interactive Design Awards, Merit, Kiosks, 2009“New Museum Guides Visitors Through Gettysburg,” Associated Press, Martha Raffaele, April 23, 2008
Interactive touches—both high- and low-tech—are scattered throughout the museum...Visitors can touch a replica of slave shackles and find out for themselves how heavily a soldier’s backpack weighed him down. Using touch-screen computers, they can learn how to recognize bugle calls, decode signal corps flag messages, and locate battlefield monuments.“Center Designed to Put Gettysburg into Perspective,” Baltimore Sun, Edward Gunts, April 14, 2008
The visitor center has been designed to immerse visitors in the Gettysburg story by exposing them to the National Park Service’s extensive collection of war objects, artifacts and archival materials, as well as interactive exhibits and displays that will prepare them to tour the areas where the fighting took place.“At Last, a Gettysburg Redress,” Washington Post, Philip Kennicott, April 14, 2008
The historical galleries next to the theaters are very much in line with the contemporary trend toward media-dense exhibits, filled with shorter films in mini-theaters, all carefully structured to draw the viewer through ‘a narrative’ presentation of the war, its causes and its aftermath.“Reinforcing History,” Philadelphia Enquirer, Amy Worden, April 13, 2008
In another area, visitors can tap computer stations to see whether their ancestors fought here and follow troop movements on a touch screen.
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- Martin Linde, Gary Huck
- Technology Director
- Thomas Wester
- Michael Godfrey, John Hutchison
- Jennifer Guibord
- Production Artists
- Kieran Lynn, Dave Rau, Christen Hubbard
- Production Assistants
- Erica Dillon, Shane Farrell
- Quality Assurance
- Erica Dillon
- A/V Integration
- Exhibit Design
- Gallagher & Associates