National Civil War Naval Museum, Columbus

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The National Civil War Naval Museum tells the story of the Sailors, Soldiers, and Civilians, both Free and Enslaved as affected by the Navies of the American Civil War and provides a repository for relevant archives and artifacts on the subject, for all generations of the public. The Museum uses all available media systems/distribution platforms and live interpretation in furtherance of this mission.

Located in Columbus, Georgia, the National Civil War Naval Museum overlooks the Chattahoochee River. We house the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as the the wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee. Other exhibits include a full scale ship replica of the USS Water Witch, a replica of the USS Hartford with its berth deck, ward room and captain’s cabin, an actual cutter or "ship's boat" from the USS Hartford, a full scale replica of the USS Monitor’s famous turret, and an emmersive panoramic dockside exhibit recreating Plymouth, North Carolina, complete with an exterior and interior view of the CSS Albermarle.

Among our many artifacts, we have the largest collection of Civil War Naval-related flags on display in the country. The collection includes various flags from ships and coastal forts, signal flags and Admirals’ pennants.

Our timeline exhibit takes you month by month through the war showing naval events and features many of the museum’s most rare artifacts, such as the uniform coat of Captain Catesby Jones and Admiral Farragut’s two-star hat insignia.

Exquisitely detailed Models of many famous Civil War ships are on the timeline including the CSS David, CSS Albemarle and the CSS Atlanta, which is located just opposite the huge 25-foot wide flag that was flying over the ship the day it was captured.

We host a range of events throughout the year with an emphasis on museum theatre and historic character interpretation. Additionally, there are living history events, tours, cannon firings, weapons demonstrations, local history projects and more.
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  • Wow! We were blown away by this museum. It has several huge slavaged wrecks and other vessels. Lots of info and a lot to see. Recommend.  more »
  • Such a surprise and wonderful experience. Museum is very nicely presented and guides informative. We were lucky enough to "catch" a school group tour and learned so much from the tour guides. Easy to....  more »
  • I Have been to Vicksburg, MS and seen The Cairo. The wreck of The Jackson, albeit only the bottom, is enormous compared to the Cairo. they also have several other ships and artifacts to see, life the uniforms and flags. It was very informative and educational. Small museum but excellent historical, well displayed exhibits. Great gift shop too. We really enjoyed our visit. Loved the wharf, felt like we stepped back in time. I highly recommend visiting, great place for kids too.
  • Well worth the time. CSS Jackson was much larger than expected. I think some of the narrative could be better edited to provide more comprehensive overview of the South's naval war effort. Also nice collection of artifacts, such as flags and uniforms. If you have any interest in the Civil War this will help fill in a missing part.

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