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National Civil War Naval Museum

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Address: 1002 Victory Dr, Columbus, GA 31901-3429
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+1 706-327-9798
12:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Mon 12:30 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

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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This museum had a lot more exhibits and information than we were expecting. The hull of the recovered boat was particularly interesting just to see its size. Lots of history I... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum had a lot more exhibits and information than we were expecting. The hull of the recovered boat was particularly interesting just to see its size. Lots of history I never knew.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We just googled things to do and this place popped up. We arrived in time to see them shoot a cannon.

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Columbus, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Absolutely amazing!! The sacrifices our solider's have made over the centuries and the impact they have made on all of our lives and our world are captured and celebrated in perfection. Knowing that all of the figures of soliders were cast from actual soliders makes it even more special - that is the actual face of an actual solider -... More 

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Bonaire, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you happen to visiting Columbus, Georgia, for as little as even a day, make it a point to drop by the National Civil War Naval Museum. Let's begin with the fact that for 2 adults and a child to enter the total outlay was mere $21.50. The experience would have been a bargain at twice the price! We went... More 

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Forsyth, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located on the Chattahoochee river that separates GA from AL. This is a great place to go when the weather is hot or rainy. So much history and we love exploring anything related to the civil war. The admission helps keep this treasure operating.

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Columbus, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has a lot of history for such a small place. My husband & I enjoyed visiting this museum. The age of some of the exhibits is amazing and the work that has been done to restore the artifacts is wonderful.

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Griffin, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This turned out to be an excellent choice for a hot day in Columbus. Our group of three was there just as they opened, so for a while, we had the museum all to ourselves. A lot of original artifacts and documentation to go through, but it was worth the time. It's set up so that you can read as... More 

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Went for my husband's bday bc he loves history and the civil war. I am not a history person but this museum was pretty neat. It had tons of replicas, artifacts and info. No flash photography but you can still take pics. At only 7.50/person for adults it won't break the bank either. Staff was friendly.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Very impressed with this museum. Excellent exhibits, especially the USS Hartford and the display of flags. The replica of the inside of the USS Hartford was very extremely interesting.

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Cumming, Georgia
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Excellent! Very interesting, top notch, well worth a few hours and it's free!! (Donations welcome!) If you are a military history buff- you will LOVE it and even if you are not, you will really enjoy all the excellent exhibits!

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