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National Civil War Naval Museum

1002 Victory Dr, Columbus, GA 31901-3429
+1 706-327-9798
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Fascinating View of the Naval Side of the Civil War

A fascinating view of the Civil War at sea and on the rivers. The museum has films, models... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2016
Neat piece of history

The national civil war naval museum is a neat place of history to visit. This is one of the short... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2016
Columbus, Georgia
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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 immersive panoramic dockside exhibit recreating Plymouth, North Carolina, complete with an exterior and interior view of the CSS Albemarle. 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1002 Victory Dr, Columbus, GA 31901-3429
+1 706-327-9798
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

A fascinating view of the Civil War at sea and on the rivers. The museum has films, models, reproductions, uniforms, flags, and raised hulks. Truly a great stop. Enough to even interest kids.

Thank BigP34
Reviewed 10 July 2016

The national civil war naval museum is a neat place of history to visit. This is one of the short trip excursions. There is not hours worth material to look at or review. However it is worth taking a look at.

Thank CC4meSRI
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Spend an hour at the CWNM. We enjoyed reading the history of the civil war battles, seeing the huge hull of the CSS Jackson and learning about the various civil war flags. So interesting to learn about the boats and battles on the river. They...More

Thank A_Roswell_Family
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Wow, much more inside than we expected. This is a great stop. Nice Naval Flag collection. Many relics, Naval Cannons, huge walk through exhibits like you are in and on an iron clad ship of the times. Make sure to sit and watch the films...More

Thank Pamela B
Reviewed 4 July 2016

This is a very interesting museum with the hull of the USS Jackson on display. This museum is as well done as the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. The displays are excellent and they have a great time line of naval warfare during the American Civil...More

Thank JAW06098
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We went to this museum and were surprised how much information is provided here. It contains the burnt remains of the CSS Jackson. You can actually still smell the burned wood artifacts on display. You can also see the reconstructed Water Witch on display outside....More

Thank Gwen G
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This was a very interesting place and our company loved it! Wasn't expensive to get in well worth it learned a lot of things I didn't know about this area. Would recommend this place to visitors.

Thank Debora P
Reviewed 23 June 2016

As the grandson of a World War 2 Navy Veteran and the son of an Historian specializing in the US Civil War, this museum was a "must visit" for me during our recent trip to Columbus. Immediately upon entering the building I knew I had...More

Thank CNB962
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

They say this place is haunted. I don't believe in ghost and have never seen anything out of the ordinary on my visits there. There are people who work there that feel differently. Hauntings aside, this place is amazing. So much history and so much...More

Thank TNO36870
Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is great for the whole family and you can stand in a real ship. lots of free parking and lots of great information.

Thank Steven Arlingto... H
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22 July 2017|
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Response from Scott M | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out Andersonville, GA.
13 March 2017|
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Response from CivilWarNavalMuseum | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. Our parking lot can accommodate your RV, but we are not set up for overnight parking. Also during special events such as our upcoming RiverBlast, parking sometimes becomes an issue and we may not... More
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Response from 74JAB | Reviewed this property |
it seems to me that there are some ball diamonds near the museum but don't recall any old buildings