This was probably the coolest part of the museum. This was a cyclorama of the Battle of Gettysburg. A cyclorama is a 360 degree painting that shows some kind of dramatic scene unfolding. And the foreground is replaced with real objects, making it look like the painting is coming off the canvas. It's what people in the 1800s used to go and see instead of movies. And this was an original: painted in 1880. Veterans of Gettysburg said when they saw it, it was so realistic, it made them weep.
A detailed look at the three Nativity dioramas that President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower displayed during the holiday season in the East Room of the White House. Gettysburg National Military Park, Eisenhower National Historic Site and the Gettysburg Foundation worked with Art Guild Inc. to complete the conservation work in 2014, which included the reproduction of missing figurines, lighting repairs, securing exhibit cases, producing exhibit labels and overall structure restoration. The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the #gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center through December and is free and open to the public. In addition to the three nativity scenes from the Eisenhower White House in the lobby of the museum and visitor center, Eisenhower National Historic Site is decorated for the Christmas season through December 31 in the same way that General and Mrs. Eisenhower would have decorated.