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National Civil War Naval Museum

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Address: 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, GA 31901
Phone Number: +1 706-327-9798
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Mon 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: The National Civil War Naval Museum tells the story of the Sailors...
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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Wonderful Lesson in History

Displays were well arranged and the staff was very helpful in answering our questions. We will certainly return.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2014
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Thomasville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Displays were well arranged and the staff was very helpful in answering our questions. We will certainly return.

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Dyersburg, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

If you are a history buff like me, this is well worth the visit. ?not a lot is written or talked about civil war era naval except for the ironclads, so this filled in a lot of gaps.

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Bonaire, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I am a novice Civil War history buff and was impressed with the level of involvement of the CSA Navy during the Civil War. There is so much information regarding land movements with the infantry, cavalry and artillery that it is easy to forget that there was a large coast and many miles of rivers that needed to be defended.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The displays were well done. We learned there were so many more wartime vessels other than the Monitor and Merrimack.

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Sidney, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a nice museum. The exhibits are very well done. It was larger than we expected. Lots of interesting information.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

We drove to Columbus from Washington DC to see this museum, and just loved it. We saw mention of it while visiting the Natural History Museum in San Diego back in February, but couldn't get here before now (11/2014). It was well worth the trip. Great staff, stunning collection of artifacts, rare cannon, models and dioramas. We came back the... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

You can really spend alot of time in this museum. We attended with our family of six that included children aged from 7 to 19. I highly recommend this for anyone visiting the area. The exhibits are lifelike and take you through a wonderful journey of history and our soldiers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Look for the double paddle wheel boat outside! The sign for the museum is off the main road, so I missed it the first time by. I arrived an hour before closing and got through the whole museum, but I could have easily spent another hour or so. The artifacts they have on display are amazing, especially the skeletal hulls... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Just look for the large paddle wheel steam vessel on Victory Drive and you've found this museum. It has an extensive coverage of Civil War naval history along with lots of exhibits. You'll find uniforms, flags, muskets, handguns, swords, cannon, and much more in this museum. There is the shell of the CSSJackson which was burned by Union forces. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

They have a full sized wooden civil war era battleship inside the museum. The staff are very knowledgable about everything related to naval battle history around the time of the Civil War. I learned things about the history of Columbus that I couldn't believe!

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