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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  • Going in we were like well, this is small... Boy were we wrong. This place is immaculate to say the least. You leaver 10 times smarter than you walked in. I loved being immersed in local and non... 
    Going in we were like well, this is small... Boy were we wrong. This place is immaculate to say the least. You leaver 10 times smarter than you walked in. I loved being immersed in local and non...  more »
  • As noted by others it is not a large museum. However it made up for size by the quality of the artifacts & how they are presented. Reasonable entry fee. So glad we went a little out of the way to....  more
    As noted by others it is not a large museum. However it made up for size by the quality of the artifacts & how they are presented. Reasonable entry fee. So glad we went a little out of the way to....  more »
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  • This is one of the better history museums I have been to. It is on par with the Smithsonian museums in D.C. Lots of displays with actual historical pieces and good info signs. It was really fascinating and I learned a lot.
  • Visited to attend the Mystery at the Museum show. Super fun. You are lauging from the minute you are greeted by Holly. Go for the show, stay to see the impressive ship exhibits

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