Join Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide, author and historian, on the Cyclorama platform Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. for an exclusive “after-hours” program of the Gettysburg Cyclorama at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.
The Gettysburg Cyclorama, painted in the 1880s by French artist Paul Philippoteaux and a team of artists, is a massive piece that runs 42 feet high and 377 feet long, making the Cyclorama one of the largest, free-standing paintings in North America. The painting is a rendition of the famous “Pickett’s Charge” on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Suspended in-the-round from the ceiling, this massive work of art creates a spectacular 360-degree illusion when viewed from the platform.
“An Evening with the Painting” explores the history of the genre of cycloramas and the history of the Gettysburg Cyclorama in this behind-the-scenes program. The presentation covers the fascinating creation of this piece of art, the rich symbolism found in the painting and an interesting discussion on the extensive conservation effort. Visitors enjoy additional time on the viewing platform to observe in full light the remarkable, close-up details and distant battle scenes of the painting. Journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life. There will be time for a question and answer session. Photography is welcomed.
This special program lasts about two hours and is limited to 23 attendees. Single adult ticket price is $25 and youth ticket (ages 6 to 12) is $10. The program begins in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center.
The program will also be offered on select dates throughout 2021. The 2021 program schedule is planned to be announced early in the new year. For upcoming dates and times and to order tickets, visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call Guest Relations at 877-874-2478.
Gettysburg Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to educate the public about their significance. The Foundation operates the Museum & Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital, the Rupp House History Center and the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad StationTM. For information about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a Friend of Gettysburg, visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.