By telling the stories of the navies of the Civil War, we connect people with the past; giving them a better sense of place and time. 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 wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee. Other exhibits include 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.
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Second stop on a one day visit to Columbus. Building and grounds are beautiful and well take care of. Admission for 2 adults was $16 without any discounts. Young lady working the front desk was super friendly and informative. Made a bathroom break when we got there and was impressed with the cleanliness. Exhibits were amazing and well planned out. Lots of artifacts and relics to see. Would definitely recommend!
Written March 26, 2022
What a great little Museum. Some great information about the both Navies during the Civil War. From a Retired Navy Senior Chief, I loved every minute inside the Museum, and showing my 15 yo son the history of both Navies that fought in the Civil War. It was just an amazing time for my family.
Written June 2, 2022
The boat dredged up from the Chattahoochee many years ago is the major item to see. It is larger than we thought. The museum is easy to wander through in less than an hour and is very interesting for Civil War and Columbus history.
Written February 13, 2022
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 local history. The first exhibit you enter is breath taking. We were so surprised it was only eight dollars for all of this. I highly recommend because you won't be disappointed.
Written April 18, 2022
The centerpiece of this museum is the display of the hulk of a salvaged Confederate ironclad. The USS Cairo it is not but it is still impressive. There are some interesting walkthrough exhibits of famous Civil War ships and a spectacular collection of orginial flags. However, too much of the exhibit space is devoted to incredibly lengthy text panels that few will have the time or inclination to read. The museum technology in general is hardly cutting edge. On the plus side, the information is impeccably accurate. If you like Civil War history or naval history, be sure to go here but compared to the more modern Civil War-oriented museums throughout the country, this one is lacking.
Written February 11, 2020
Great ironclad artifact and naval vessel models. The historic flags displays are huge and numerous. As other reviewers have stated, not updated. Beyond the artifacts, the main engagement piece is flat text panels. No multimedia engagement displays for different ages. Limited engagement for kids. If you love history, you will enjoy the museum. Plan to spend a couple of hours if you want to read the very detailed background texts on each exhibit.
Written February 19, 2020
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 make this stop.
So glad we went a little out of the way to make this stop.
Written April 14, 2022
We went in not knowing what to expect and was so pleasantly surprised with the displays for both Union and Confederate navies. Excellent displays and staff were very nice and informative. It is ashamed and shameful that rioters recently burned artifacts that were being readied for display. This is not a confederate museum but a civil war museum.
Written June 30, 2020
Must see if you are a Civil War buff or interested in American history. This is dedicated to ships and battles of the Civil War. There were a lot more iron clads on both sides than I realized. Highly informative with perfect displays documenting the conflict from both sides. Enjoy.
Written September 22, 2020
We were determined to come and see this museum and to see the history there. We were not disappointed. What a collection. Just a great museum with a ton of artifacts and information. Fantastic! The place isn't huge but you will need 2 or 3 hours to take it all in. It isn't expensive, I think it was $7 a head to get in. The gift shop left a lot to be desired but the rest of the place was amazing. Just amazing.
Written September 9, 2021
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Is there RV parking on site or close by? We are traveling in 30 ft RV
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 have room then.
When I was small I used to go to a museum in Columbus ga. I'm not sure which one but I rrmember an old wooden ship that eas inside. It seems like it was near where the fair was held in the seventys. Anyway near there was the ruins of a large stone building that we played in. Seems like it resembled leftovers of a coliseum like structure. I've always wondered what it was and I can't find anything on the internet.
it seems to me that there are some ball diamonds near the museum but don't recall any old buildings
Frequently Asked Questions about National Civil War Naval Museum
- National Civil War Naval Museum is open:
- Sun - Sun 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
- Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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