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National Civil War Naval Museum

1002 Victory Dr, Columbus, GA 31901-3429
+1 706-327-9798
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An interesting stop for history and maritime buffs.

The museum has a lot going for it, but when we were there, the Water Witch was closed and even when... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2016
Matthew C
New Boston, Michigan, United States
Great Civil war naval history

This place is a must if you enjoy the history of the civil war especially the naval history of it... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2016
Chattahoochee, Florida
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1002 Victory Dr, Columbus, GA 31901-3429
+1 706-327-9798
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

The museum has a lot going for it, but when we were there, the Water Witch was closed and even when open, there is not much to really see as it is an incomplete replica. The machinery (my main interest) was missing and not much...More

1  Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

This place is a must if you enjoy the history of the civil war especially the naval history of it, but still a great place to visit if you enjoy civil war history period. At the time I went which was just last weekend they...More

Thank MustangBryan
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Very interesting walk through. And a great looking ship replica. They also have Parts of a real ship on display also. They even have an antique car show one Saturday Of the year. That was nice also. Very cool cars.

Thank jknicely
Reviewed 26 April 2016

This museum has the finest collection of Civil War artifacts in the country. They provide an excellent program of instruction and camps for students. I highly recommend this museum be on everyone's to see list when in Columbus.

Thank 34859Sara
Reviewed 25 April 2016

If you love history this is a MUST see!!! I took my teenage boys and we walked it twice just to make sure we read and saw all the history.

Thank Tanya S
Reviewed 25 April 2016

My husband ha such high hopes walking into the museum. The cost of $15 for the two of us was a little bit of a let down to what we saw or should I say what my husband was hoping to see. All in all...More

Thank Hfd14379
Reviewed 25 April 2016

This museum is astounding. The ships, history, crews, battles, construction and flags of the Civil War are exhibited here. It chronicles the growth of the Union Navy into a world power navy. The Confederate navy was hindered by a small navy at the beginning of...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

The museum has a very good collection of civil war naval vessels and flags. Not sure with the lack of many interactive items would keep kids attentive (in this age of electronics and the internet). Still, if you have an interest in the navy and...More

Thank Bert J
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Looking at the cannons no enemy ship was ever going to get up-river. Hard to imagine such weapons during the Civil War.

Thank JohntheSkierGolfer
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Being a civil war buff, this museum is worth stopping for. The naval displays that the have are accurate and interesting to get perspective for the naval needs during the Civil War. There is a small gift shop that has a decent selection of military...More

Thank Thomas B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there RV parking on site or close by? We are traveling in 30 ft RV
13 March 2017|
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Response from CivilWarNavalMuseum | Property representative |
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... More
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.
6 June 2015|
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Response from 74JAB | Reviewed this property |
it seems to me that there are some ball diamonds near the museum but don't recall any old buildings