When your group is visiting Gettysburg, you should check out the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. It was painted in the late 1880s by a French artist named Paul Philippoteaux. The project took several months to complete. The artist spent months on the battlefield researching the battle with veterans, a battlefield guide, and a photographer. The painting is a breathtaking canvas that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high. When you and your group mates look at the cyclorama, you will be immersed in the fury of Pickett’s Charge which occurred on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Gettysburg Cyclorama is displayed the way Paul Philippoteaux originally intended with an overhead canopy and a three-dimensional diorama foreground. It realistically features stone walls, broken fences, shattered trees, and cannon. The painting has survived fire, leaks, tears, rotting and temperature, and humidity fluctuations.
The cyclorama is on display at the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. The museum offers guests a unique experience. At the location, the group will learn about the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and its significance to our nation’s history. Its collection of artifacts and archival items provide guests perspectives from President Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Generals George Gordon Meade and Robert E. Lee, soldiers, war correspondents, and civilians. Throughout the museum, group members will find interactive and visual stations. Five of the galleries include short video presentations focusing on topics such as the causes of the Civil War, the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg and the results of the war.