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National Civil War Naval Museum
Ranked #3 of 51 things to do in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 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.
Reviewed March 17, 2013

This museum is really cool and has an unbelievable amount of information about civil war and War of 1812 naval history. It is great for families with kids. The displays are very interesting. We were there for the live cannon firing and although the cannon crew was a little disorganized, it was awesome to see the old cannon fired.

Thank Ron K
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Who would have figured that there would be a Civil War naval museum in Columbus, Georgia. Located about a mile away from the Infantryman's Museum, an outstanding attraction, this museum is rather average for a military museum, showing where lack of funding reflects the quality of the exhibits, their display, etc. It has a nice background explaining naval ships and their role in helping the Confederacy, but the exhibits are dark, poorly lighted, and few. Then again, the confederate navy wasn't that big. Good for an hour stop; young kids will enjoy wandering around the life-size ship displays.

1  Thank Rob S
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Who would ever think that a Naval Musuem would be located in Columbus, GA. Well, visiting the museum would be a nice surprise and a breath of fresh air. This is a fun time for the whole family and offers some very interesting information and exhibits that you wouldn't expect to find.

Thank jamesanderson75
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a wonderful place to see an actual Civil War ironclad hull and to learn the history of Port Columbus during wartime. The captured flags and/or battle flag collection is very impressive and the history is incredible. This is a great place to learn even more details about the Civil War that aren't taught in schools.

Thank TaylorRose
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

My husband and I went to this museum soon after it opened on a Saturday and it was a very nice surprise! We really enjoyed the various ships outside and inside the museum. It was nice to be able to walk through one--to walk around one--and also see what one may have been like inside it. It was easy to read everything going through and it was very entertaining. It was not busy at all---but it should be! It was a very interesting museum that I would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in the civil war and the military---mores specifically, the Navy.

Thank allyouneedistara
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