Harrisburg museums hope to draw from Gettysburg crowds

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 5, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Both the State Museum and National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg are hoping to attract more visitors as a result of events surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this summer.

The facilities in Harrisburg are offering an admission discount deal to encourage travelers to make the roughly 40 mile trip from Adams County to the capital city.

State Historical and Museum Commission spokesman Howard Pollman says special exhibits are planned that may be of interest to Civil War buffs.

"The State Museum recently opened up its 'Objects of Valor: Commemorating the Civil War in Pennsylvania' and focusing on the museum's Civil War collections," Pollman says. "And the National Civil War Museum is hosting two special exhibits: 'In the Service of Our Nation' and '1863,' which is specifically designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg."

Pollman says the State Museum will be open extra days at the start of July to accommodate additional visitors coming to the region for the comemmoration of the 1863 battle.

The Civil War Museum will also have extended hours this summer.

The Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau is expecting four million tourists in the county this year -- about one million more than a typical year.

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