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“Don't miss this jewel”

National Civil War Naval Museum
Ranked #3 of 45 things to do in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Montgomery, Alabama
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Don't miss this jewel”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a beautiful museum for navy buffs plus War Between The States history seekers. The displays are excellent. There is a lot of naval history displayed here, many flags and an excellent recreation of life on a naval ship.

Visited August 2013
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North Pole, Alaska
Level 6 Contributor
260 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

WOW, I would be sitting here forever if I wrote down all the great things about this place. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable, they have some amazing ships and artifacts on display as well as a mock harbor area. I can't get over teh size of the ship hull they have inside. I was really blown away. Also, take time to go outside and see the water witch, very cool.

Visited July 2013
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Reynolds, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Interesting Facts On Civil War”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

The collection of Civil War "batttleships" is truly amazing. There is so much history and information at this museum. The people there were very helpful in finding other Civil War places to visit. Be sure and inspect the ruins of the boats on the outside of the musewum.

Visited September 2012
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Phenix City, Alabama
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Civil War Museum”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

It is well worth the small fee. And there is no time limit! I really enjoyed the wealth of educational materials displayed as well as in the store.

Visited July 2013
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State Road, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Interesting Place.”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

I found this a very interesting place. Being what is known as a Darn Yankee (one who came and stayed), it was interesting to see a different side of the War. I enjoyed the seeing southern civil war artifacts.

Visited April 2013
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