Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Before and After Gettysburg: Civil War Battle Maps
LocationGettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA
Exhibition DesignGallagher & Associates
Two large, motion graphics presentations outline the major battles of the Civil War before and after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Installed in two strategic locations inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum, these cinematic presentations provide context to the conflicts that preceded and followed the three days of battle at Gettysburg. The two five-minute movies map each army’s movements, victories, and losses from 1861 to 1865. Archival images of battles, landscapes, and notable persons are woven together with animated military infographics and voiceover narration to vividly depict the battle strategies and troop movements along a timeline of the war.
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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- Motion Designer
- Alphonse Swinehart
- Technology Director
- Thomas Wester
- Jennifer Guibord
- Robert Selim
- Sharon Barry
- Production Artist
- Christen Hubbard
- Production Assistants
- Erica Dillon, Shane Farrell
- Sound Design
- Audio Wells
- A/V Integration
- Exhibit Design
- Gallagher & Associates