Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National Battlefield
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History: 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Antietam National Battlefield is located in western Maryland, 10 miles south of Hagerstown in Washington County. The best place to start your visit is at the park visitor center. The GPS address for the visitor center is 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland, 21782. We have brochures, museum exhibits, a film, a museum store, and park rangers and volunteers on duty to help you get oriented. The battlefield is approximately 3,000 acres that you can explore in your car or by walking. Operating Hours & Seasons: Open All Year, The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park Grounds are open daylight hours. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day The park has an entrance fee of $5.00 Per Person (age 16 or older; 15 and under FREE) or $10.00 Per Vehicle.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Douglas B
    199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See Civil War Site
    An absolute MUST SEE for any history buff especially civil war fanatics. Very moving site when you realize how many Americans died in a single day's battle. Very beautiful landscape and an easy drive thru. The visitor's center is being remodeled but the interim center is bare bones. Watch the professionally produced video before you take the driving tour. If you are a real fanatic about battlefields, call in advance and book a private tour guide that will join you in your automobile for a much more in-depth tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • LoveTravel569230
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Civil War Experience You Don’t Want To Miss!
    Great place to visit even if your not a Civil War fanatic. We did the 6 hour tour as my husband loves the Civil War era. Brad Gottfried conducted our tour and was phenomenal. He makes it interesting so that anyone can understand it. He’s written numerous books and was kind enough to take a photo with my husband and autograph his book.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Traveller
    New York City, New York3,219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome New Visitor Center
    I visited the Antietam National Battlefield for the second time. The new Visitor Center which just opened is very well done. There is a small museum on the Battle of Antietam and an excellent 27-minute film. There is also a bookstore and gift shop. I did the self-guided driving tour and focused on Dunker Church, the Cornfield, the Sunken Lane, Burnside Bridge, Antietam National Cemetery. Given the new Visitor Center, it was definitely worth going back.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 August 2023
  • maggie311_99
    York, Pennsylvania155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New visitors center an excellent commemorative for these grounds.
    The revamped and redesigned Visitors Center has opened recently. It was worth the wait. Wonderful interactive exhibits while not diminishing the gravity and loss that occurred on this battlefield. Highly recommend you take the time to watch the film in the auditorium. Succinct but well done overview of the battles at this site. The battlefield itself is well marked for a driving tour. The staff at the Center is welcoming and will take time to answer questions and give guidance. You also may find supplemental guide volunteers at some of the sites like at Bloody Lane. My only heads up for visitors is that there are not a lot of places to eat in the immediate vicinity.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • lisatravels
    64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent New Visitor Center - Well Maintained Park
    I am a nature lover with a National Park Pass who was inclined to avoid a NP focussed on the Civil War. I went as I had learned that there was a new visitor center and it was a relatively short detour on a trip to see family. The visitor center is very impressive and the film well done. It provided an understanding of the battle in terms of national and international politics and in terms of the regional geography. I also attended the ranger talk in the upstairs room which I also recommend as the ranger could answer questions and could point out features through the 180 degree views through the glass walls. Definitely recommend going upstairs to check out this room even if there's no ranger talk. Trigger warning : the film shows black and white photos of the dead and the ranger had photos he shared of the dead also. It was in the 90s so I drove around some of the sights, but didn't do too much outside. I did do the West Woods hike as the ranger recommended it as a shaded walk. Also, made sure to see the Burnside Bridge - make sure you watch the video first. On a Saturday in August many stops had volunteer interpreters. Tips: 1. For whatever reason there are roadsides directing you to the Burnside Bridge that direct you the wrong way. 2. Follow the map the park provides. Only restrooms are at the visitor center and you are out of luck if they are closed. 3. There is no picnic area. 4. I didn't see any restaurants in Sharpsburg. Sheperdstown, WV - 12 miles away - has a lovely historical downtown with restaurants and shops. It can get crowded.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • gram777
    New Jersey431 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended For American History
    We watched the epic movie "Gettysburg" with Jeff Daniels & Martin Sheen (GREAT MOVIE,) and this battle was mentioned. We decided to visit & it was worth the trip for the ride thru tour, which does not take too long.) Very touching. Unfortunate for me: The restrooms and main building (gift shop, movie, etc) were closed for renovations :(
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Surfpuck
    Long Beach, New York41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth your time.
    Our government doesn’t always get things right but they sure have here. The new visitors center is excellent with a very good film, bookshop, museum and viewing area. The staff was very helpful and patient. There is a very easy to follow tour trail with all the important stops clearly marked and easy to follow. I bought the CD at the bookshop and it was very good giving directions and then clear explanations at every stop. This is a very, very good way to spend a day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Liz J
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Somber experience, very well presented
    The visitor Center has a very informative theater experience. And the exhibit area is a must to get the history and background information before you set off on a self guided tour of the Battlefield. The tour is well laid out and easy to follow, you can scan their QR code and listen to Park Rangers explain each stop. The experience led to lengthy conversations about the Civil War, slavery and its lasting affects on our Country. Well worth the visit and Kudos to the National Park service for a thought provoking and informative presentation of our history.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Heidi W
    Waldorf, Maryland35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just as good a 2nd time
    The new Visitor’s Center is very well done. The 27 minute intro film is a must. Exhibits are informative. Rangers & docents were friendly and helpful. The auto tour that I purchased for the $10 single person entry fee was great! A QR code that you use on your phone that takes you to the 10 most important spots on the battlefield. You can stop & start it if you want to take pictures or explore each spot a little more. Much better than a CD in my opinion. With the visitor center and the auto tour, spending approx. 5-10 minutes at each spot expect to spend about 2.5 to 3.0 hours total. Enjoyable and historical. Glad I went.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Mama Travels
    239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Day Well-Spent
    We came during the last fee-free day of the year (Veterans Day) and it was a good way to introduce the children to a part of history that saw a great number of casualties, and hopefully instill in them to appreciate the freedoms they have today as it came at such a great cost. We started out at the visitor center where the introductory film helped us see the big picture and introduced us to facts we didn't know before about this particular battle. It may our outing to the Burnside Bridge more meaningful and we appreciated the Sunken Lands more as wer visualized where the Confederates would have been and where the Union Army would be approaching. We also hung around to catch the last ranger talk for the day and he did a great job rehasing what was in the movie and adding some more details which really make history come alive. It is definitely a day well spend and a great way to honor veterans who have served in America's wars.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 November 2023
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aspoe093
Pierre, SD688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is a must do. I am amazed by how much information there is on the driving tour. We hit up many spots and stopped and walked Bloody Lane. It is amazing thinking about the history of the battlefield and how many men gave their lives in the exact location you were. There is a small museum which is very well done and super informational. It's a typical national park so there is a fee but well worth it.
Written 10 June 2024
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Docky B
Raleigh, NC261 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Friends
If you have a choice of seeing either Antietam or Gettysburg, I would choose Antietam hands down. The battle of Antietam was not more important than the battle of Gettysburg, but I think you would enjoy the visit to Antietam, whereas Gettysburg is a little more problematic. Large crowds versus smaller crowds, more development versus less, a park staff dealing with large crowds versus a park staff not under quite as much stress, it is an easy choice.
Written 23 May 2024
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Laura S
Brownstown, PA122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Touring these battlefields by car was a great way to spend some time during our family girls weekend. If you like to read plaques, there is A LOT to read. We had young children with us so that wasn't in the cards for our group. We attended the ranger talk at the visitor center before doing the tour. It was about 25 minutes and informative. We didn't do the movie because the kids lost attention span. My daughter loved climbing the tower at the 2nd to last tour stop.
Written 15 May 2024
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MeryMeCo
Galesburg, IL938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
On our return home to Illinois from Philadelphia we took a different route so we could visit Antietam and Fort Necessity. This is a battlefield we've wanted to visit for a long time but just wasn't close enough to drive there.

It's a beautiful place. I like the winding sidewalk up to the visitor's center. It has all the dates leading up to the civil war and the battle. It reminds me of the beautiful visitor's center at Shiloh with its' winding walk full of information and parts of a soldier's kit in the concrete.

We watched the movie and then drove the route getting out and walking at several places. We are older than when we first started driving to civil war battle fields 12 years ago so we don't do as much walking as before.

This is a beautiful battlefield and well taken care of. And so significant with Lincoln being able to release his Emancipation Proclamation after the "victory" here.

Another great preserved battlefield. And so happy to see so many young families enjoying the history.
Written 12 May 2024
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TheLongLongTrailer
Hartsburg, MO685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This isn’t a touristy spot. It’s a sprawling battlefield area with several posted stops which you can augment with the park service app videos that go along with each one. The visitor center artifacts are mostly removed but they have an ok movie. Lots of history here.
Written 12 April 2024
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Wayne B
Midlothian, VA235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful Park. We visited nearby Harpers Ferry and then drove here the next morning. The NPS staff were friendly and professional. We did a self guided driving tour as the winds in the open fields were bone chilling. The park has many markers and signs to keep the driving tour easy to follow. Tons of trails -so we'll be back in warmer weather. So much history and in a pretty setting. May those who fought and died rest in peace.
Written 28 February 2024
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Douglas B
199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
MUST SEE for any civil war buff or any student of history. Very beautiful part of our country. Mostly driveable in a couple of hours but get out and walk the grounds.
Written 9 January 2024
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Mama Travels
239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We came during the last fee-free day of the year (Veterans Day) and it was a good way to introduce the children to a part of history that saw a great number of casualties, and hopefully instill in them to appreciate the freedoms they have today as it came at such a great cost.
We started out at the visitor center where the introductory film helped us see the big picture and introduced us to facts we didn't know before about this particular battle. It may our outing to the Burnside Bridge more meaningful and we appreciated the Sunken Lands more as wer visualized where the Confederates would have been and where the Union Army would be approaching. We also hung around to catch the last ranger talk for the day and he did a great job rehasing what was in the movie and adding some more details which really make history come alive. It is definitely a day well spend and a great way to honor veterans who have served in America's wars.
Written 12 November 2023
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Heidi W
Waldorf, MD35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The new Visitor’s Center is very well done. The 27 minute intro film is a must. Exhibits are informative. Rangers & docents were friendly and helpful. The auto tour that I purchased for the $10 single person entry fee was great! A QR code that you use on your phone that takes you to the 10 most important spots on the battlefield. You can stop & start it if you want to take pictures or explore each spot a little more. Much better than a CD in my opinion. With the visitor center and the auto tour, spending approx. 5-10 minutes at each spot expect to spend about 2.5 to 3.0 hours total. Enjoyable and historical. Glad I went.
Written 28 October 2023
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Jersey Girl
Princeton, NJ31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Spectacular preservation of this historic battle site. Surrounding area with its rolling hills and picturesque farmhouse couldn’t be more picture perfect. Very moving and I’m so glad that this hallowed ground has been preserved.
Written 22 October 2023
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