Frequently Asked Questions

What are the visitor center and park hours?
The Antietam National Battlefield visitor center is open daily 9am to 5pm. The park and visitor center are closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. The park grounds and park tour roads close at dark. (20 minutes after sunset). See hours for more information.

How much does it cost?
See fees for current pricing. Schools and military groups visting for educational purposes may apply for a fee waiver.

How often is the movie shown?
A short overview film is shown on the hour and the half hour. This 26-minute movie recreates the battle as well as talks about the importance of Antietam.

How do I tour the battlefield?
The best way to view the battlefield is to take the self-guided driving tour. The tour road is 8½ miles long with 11 stops. Most visitors drive the route, but walking and biking are encouraged. A CD program, which enhances the self-guided tour, may be purchased from the bookstore.

Can I bring my students to the battlefield?
Yes, park rangers can help you plan a field trip.

How do I get there?
There is no public transportation to the battlefield. Get directions and a map to drive to the park.

How can I have a safe and enjoyable visitor experience and help preserve and protect park resources?
Please follow the Visitor Use Guidelines. For additional assistance or questions, call the park visitor center at 301-432-5124.

Was Antietam before or after Gettysburg?
The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, was fought about nine months after Antietam, September 17, 1862. Antietam was the result of the first invasion of the North by the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, Gettysburg was the result of the second northern invasion.

Last updated: November 19, 2021

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