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Explore battle cyclorama in Gettysburg

If you've visited Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, you've probably gazed at its awe-inspiring cyclorama painting, a massive depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg.

An upcoming program at the center will delve into the oil-on-canvas masterpiece's history, as well as the storied past of the cyclorama genre.

"An Evening with the Painting" is a special after-hours, monthly program presented by the Gettysburg Foundation's Sue Boardman, a licensed battlefield guide, author and historian. Boardman will discuss the cyclorama art form, the Battle of Gettysburg painting and the years-long effort to conserve the painting, according to a news release from the foundation.

The program lasts about two hours and begins in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center. It includes a question and answer session, extended time on the platform to observe the painting in full light and a look under the diorama to learn how the illusion comes to life.

The program will be held:

  • 5 p.m. Feb. 27
  • 5 p.m. March 26
  • 6 p.m. April 30
  • 6 p.m. May 21
  • 6 p.m. June 4
  • 6 p.m. July 1 and 23 
  • 6 p.m. Aug. 13
  • 6 p.m. Sept. 17
  • 6 p.m. Oct. 8
  • 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18
  • 5 p.m. Dec. 3

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 from children ages 6 to 12. The program is limited to 50 attendees. Flash photography is permitted.

To purchase tickets, visit or call the reservations department at 877-874-2478. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

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