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National Civil War Naval Museum

1002 Victory Dr, Columbus, GA 31901-3429
+1 706-327-9798
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Very nice surprise

Excellent Naval museum located in an Army town. Nice time with family, excellent exhibits and a... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2016
Eastpointe, Michigan
via mobile
You won't be disappointed

This is a terrific museum for everyone, not just Civil War buffs. I had no idea of the importance... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2016
Reston, Virginia
via mobile
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1002 Victory Dr, Columbus, GA 31901-3429
+1 706-327-9798
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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Excellent Naval museum located in an Army town. Nice time with family, excellent exhibits and a real treat.

Thank 214louisg
Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

This is a terrific museum for everyone, not just Civil War buffs. I had no idea of the importance of the Navy in the Civil War

Thank SusieB20190
Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

I am a Yankee. However, you don't learn it all in school. It is vital to visit great places like this. I am very happy that I made it be sure to plan enough time to enjoy this Museum.

Thank Shawn M
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

I thought when we entered I was gong to be disappointed, but, I was pleasantly surprised. This a small but great museum in the Civil War Naval ship. They have some wonderful artifacts and exhibits! It seems a little pricey, but still enjoyable.

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

The National Civil War Naval Museum has been on my to visit list for about 15 years. After finally making the time to visit, I assure everyone that it is well worth it. Although a tad light on relics, the museum more than makes up...More

Thank ctmac1970
Reviewed 21 May 2016

There was a modest admission charge to this very complete and detailed museum dedicated to the naval aspect of the Civil War. There are remains of two Civil War battle vessels, many artifacts, and much information on this subject. One would have to be an...More

Thank paganpast
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 28 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
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22 July 2017|
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Response from daleth67 | Reviewed this property |
Andersonville Historic Site. It also houses the POW museum
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
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