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“Civil War Navala Museum”

National Civil War Naval Museum
Ranked #3 of 45 things to do in Columbus
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Owner description: 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.
Columbus, Georgia
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“Civil War Navala Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

The staff is friendly and very knowledgable. This is a fun interactive museum with tons of memoriablia and displays that truly gives the visitor a feel for what life was like for sailors during the civil war.

Visited November 2012
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“Have wanted to stop by for years!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful artifacts and recovered ships. A plethora of history of "The War of Northern Aggression ". Much more than could be absorbed in a single visit.
We will definitely be returning. The only thing that I would suggest to the Museum wooly led be to prove the lighting.

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“Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

This small and unusual museum was quite interesting. A Naval Museum on the Georgia/Alabama border! The remains of a ship used in the Civil War was impressive. I agree with one Contributor that there was a lack of real artifacts and really too much in the way of written information on large boards. But we learned a lot about the Naval campaign during the Civil War which we were unawares. Definitely worth a stop.

Visited March 2013
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Buford, Georgia
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“We really enjoyed the museum”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited March 2013
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Columbus, Georgia
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“Interesting, but disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited February 2013
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