We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

National Civil War Naval Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, GA 31901
Phone Number:
+1 706-327-9798
10:00 - 16:30
Closed now
See all hours
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 342 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 193
  • 115
    Very good
  • 26
  • 3
  • 1
Passed many times but glad I finally stopped

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... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Add Photo Write a Review

342 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 338: English reviews
Level Contributor
126 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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.

Thank rwdragon86
Port Saint Joe, Florida
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

Thank Boyd E
scottdale, United States
Level Contributor
3 reviews
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

Thank 778williame
Level Contributor
165 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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.

Thank IA-bolledudes
Covington, Georgia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We have taken our children here many times. They love history and always enjoy going to this museum as it has history specific to the area.

Thank ramonam460
Lowville, New York
Level Contributor
32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

The place was small but neat. Only took an hour to go through. The display of the remains of the Civil War boat was good. Some interesting displays. If you are a civil war buff or interested in early naval history, this is your place.

Thank Fran D
Wilmington, North Carolina
Level Contributor
149 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

If my review is useful, please give me a "helpful" vote. 1. My Background/Expectations. This was my first visit to the museum. As a retired U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer and history enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for military museums when I am travelling for business or vacation. I would consider this a very nice, medium/large size very... More 

1 Thank raj0302
Columbus, Georgia
Level Contributor
57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We went to the Museum during their Victorian Christmas Celebration. I was completely blown away with the amount of artifacts and information! Great place for kids too!!!

Thank Stacy L
Cross Plains, Tennessee
Level Contributor
23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

This is a very compact museum that is easy to see in a relatively short amount of time. The CSS Jackson was a Confederate gunboat (the hull is here along with propellers) and I can't imagine there are any others anywhere. The chronological history of the naval aspect of the Civil War is well done and interesting. Enjoyed by young... More 

1 Thank HillTop1986
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
269 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

This is an amazing museum tucked away in a quiet area of Columbus. It tells the story of the gunboats that moved up and down the rivers during the American Civil War. The exhibits are excellent and the narratives very informative. Well worth a vist.

1 Thank Rosie H

Travellers who viewed National Civil War Naval Museum also viewed


Been to National Civil War Naval Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National Civil War Naval Museum and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from National Civil War Naval Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?