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National Civil War Naval Museum

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Address: 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, GA 31901
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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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Bigger than it looks

Worth the price. It may look small but there is so much to see once you're inside. What we expected by previous reviews to only take maybe an hour, easily took 2 hours and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mike K
Marietta, Georgia
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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the price. It may look small but there is so much to see once you're inside. What we expected by previous reviews to only take maybe an hour, easily took 2 hours and could've definitely stayed longer. Gift shop is ok, not much there. Beware of penny machine!! If you actually get your penny, it will most likely be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't grow up in the states, but learning about the civil war and what those men fought with and died for gives a whole new meaning to the Freedom that America has provided now. A small but great museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You will learn everything there is to know about naval activity during the Civil War and then some. There were pieces of original ships on display - especially the U.S.S./C.S.S. Jackson. I never knew there were so many ironclad ships back then. This is a story retold very well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a nice surprise this museum was. You could drive right past it put there is a giant boat outside. It is not the biggest museum but you get to experience reading about the ships and see the remains of some. Alone with Uniforms, flags and tools. Worth your time for sure.

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Tucker, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything you did not know about brown, green, and blue water naval activity from the civil war through a variety of media types. Really liked the full size gunboat walk through. Staff was great! Make this a part of your visit to the area.

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another great Columbus Georgia attraction. When you visit here this is a must see attraction, especially if you're a history buff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought this was simply a Confederate naval museum but it was about both sides. I spent almost 3 hours here. There was plenty to read and even a few walk through recreations of portions of old ships of the era. A lot of interesting history here.

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Port Saint Joe, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

A very unique little museum revealing a little-told part of Civil War history. On exhibit are the remains of two actual Civil War Naval vessels and a number of artifacts, including guns, sabers, and letters. I had never heard the story of Robert Smalls, the slave who single-handedly hijacked a Confederate boat in Charleston and delivered it to the Union.... More 

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scottdale, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I was very impressed with the layout of the relics and the knowledge of the personnel, I will be back Bill Edwards

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We spent about 2 hours here and learned quite a lot about civil war navies, both Union and Confederate. We particularly enjoyed the time line and the huge painting showing all the various types of civil war era vessels. It would be great if they had more ship models.

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