We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
+1 717-337-2800
Website
Share
Save
Book In Advance
More Info
US$150.00*
and up
Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
You may know what happened on battlefield...but do you know what happened to the families and their homes in town? The Shriver House Museum is an award-winning Civil War museum dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg. The story is told through the eyes of the Shriver family, whose ancestors settled in the area in the 1700s. While George Shriver served in the Union army, his wife, Hettie, was worried about the safety of their daughters, Mollie (5) and Sadie (7), as well as their home. When soldiers filled the streets of Gettysburg, Hettie (27) chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top; where she thought they would be out of harm's way. Hettie could not know she jumped from the frying pan into the fire or that her unoccupied home would offer the Rebels an outstanding view of Union ground. It was quickly commandeered by Confederates to set up a sharpshooters' nest in the attic. Today the Shrivers' home appears much the same way it did when it was built in 1860, just a few months before the Civil War began. Guides in period dress recount the harrowing story of the Shriver family's experiences as you walk through their home - from the Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic, through their finely-appointed home, to Shriver's Saloon in the cellar. The story of George Shriver was not well-known until 1996 when his house, which sat abandoned for nearly 30 years, was painstakingly restored to its original appearance. Today the Shrivers' story is one of the most intriguing stories told when it comes to the civilian aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“shriver family” (65 reviews)
“civil war” (108 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
CONTACT
Website
+1 717-337-2800
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Gettysburg
from US$8.95
More Info
from US$35.00
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (698)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"shriver family"
in 65 reviews
"civilian experience"
in 26 reviews
"civil war"
in 108 reviews
"tour guide"
in 59 reviews
"point of view"
in 23 reviews
"family life"
in 7 reviews
"great tour"
in 50 reviews
"tillie pierce"
in 10 reviews
"different perspective"
in 20 reviews
"bullet holes"
in 22 reviews
"entire house"
in 7 reviews
"dressed in period clothing"
in 10 reviews
"minute tour"
in 8 reviews
"gift shop"
in 26 reviews
"their lives"
in 11 reviews
"step back in time"
in 8 reviews
"an excellent job"
in 9 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 695 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was amazing. You got to see what the war was like to the civilians instead of always from the military perspective. The staff was super friendly, very informative, and helpful. It’s not too short or too long, so it will hold the interest...More

Thank Samantha W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chris was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable. The tour was of the 3 story house. It was great to see the perspective of the actual townsfolk and what they endured through the battle. The house is very well maintained and they have...More

1  Thank brittney a
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this place. It counterbalanced all of the battlefield stuff beautifully and reminds you how war affects those not directly involved. It's not a long tour but is very informative and the guides know so much.

Thank Mi55_Nicci
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Abby was an excellent tour guide. You can go to the backyard gardens if you ask how to get there. See the bullet holes in the building. Well worth the visit.

Thank CCY20132918
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to comment. And, yes, we agree, Abby is an excellent tour guide!!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Shriver house is one of the 2 best museums in Gettysburg as far as I am concerned. It is an original building with a fantastic history behind it. It is furnished with period era furniture and it seems that you are actually back in...More

Thank tazman572
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your glowing review. Just curious, which is your other favorite museum? Hope to see you again.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 May 2018

We had such a lovely tour of the Shriver House. Received a great history of the family and really got a feel for the civilian perspective during the battle. Definitely worth doing!

Thank hanrayy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 April 2018

Marsha did an outstanding job with our tour. Gave lots of information and did a great job in explaining about the Shriver Family and what they went through during the Civil War.

Thank carlsonm1551
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2018

Thank you for your post. Marcia is an outstanding storyteller. It's difficult to image that the Shrivers' story is just one of so many that we never know.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Visitors are taken on a tour of the house by a costumed guide who tells the story of one family's true experience. It's like ".walking through a story".

1  Thank 62anne2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 April 2018

The house is original. the furnishings are period and the tour is informative. It was interesting to see Gettysburg through the eyes of a family.

Thank PQ1953
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to comment on our tour. Hope you enjoyed your entire visit in Gettysburg.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 April 2018

Wonderful museum from the civilian's perspective. The people who do the tours are really friendly and informative. They dress in period clothing which is great as well. It was about a 30 minute tour, but very informative and affordable. Cute little gift shop next door.

1  Thank Melissa L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you for posting a review and we are so glad you enjoyed the Shrivers' story. Hope we get to see you again.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 28 hotels in Gettysburg
1863 Inn of Gettysburg
931 reviews
.32 km away
Inn at Cemetery Hill
667 reviews
.43 km away
Inn at Lincoln Square
407 reviews
.45 km away
Gettysburg Hotel
1,217 reviews
.51 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Mr. G's Ice Cream
974 reviews
.12 km away
Sunset Ice Cream Parlor
376 reviews
.33 km away
Hunt's Battlefield Fries & Cafe'
1,006 reviews
.39 km away
Sweeet!
163 reviews
.34 km away
Nearby Attractions
Gettysburg Museum of History
1,228 reviews
.16 km away
Rupp House
209 reviews
.23 km away
Explore & More
76 reviews
.24 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
lovetotravel46412
14 July 2016|
Answer
Response from sailor17n61w | Reviewed this property |
There is except for the attic. It isn't very strong, so if it's an especially warm day, be prepared.
1
Vote
;