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“Nice way to spend the day.”

National Civil War Naval Museum
Ranked #3 of 45 things to do in Columbus
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Valdosta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend the day.”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This was fun. Self-guided tour, a couple boat hulls, lots of older relics, including flags to look at. I could have stayed most of the day & read up on each item. I'm amazed at the items we can recover from hundreds of years ago- it just fascinates me to look at these things. It was so hot the day we went, so spending a couple hours indoors and learning was a good way to pass the time.

Visited June 2014
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“Civil War Naval History Brought Alive”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

The National Civil War War Naval museum in Columbus, Georgia is a hidden gem and well worth a visit. There are such treasures housed within the museum and the interpretive displays, this museum is beautifully done.

Visited July 2014
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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“A Welcome Surprise”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

While visiting our son at Ft. Benning, we were looking for an activity the whole family could enjoy, and stumbled upon this museum. We enjoyed it. Costs are $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for military and seniors, we didn't have small children with us, so I don't know their costs. The museum was very interesting and its focus on the civil war which was fought in the area was very informative. There is a phone number you can dial on your cell phone, and when you approach certain exhibits, you can put that number into your phone and hear a description of the exhibit for free. The number and instructions are on the info they hand you when you walk into the museum. Also, you can spend as much time as you want. We spent about 1 1/2 hours and felt we saw what we wanted. There is a gift shop, too.

Visited June 2014
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East Syracuse, New York
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“Naval History on Both Confederate & Union Sides.”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

The first exhibit a visitor encounter is Infernal Machines. This the use of 'Torepdo' (Confederate) & 'Mines' (Union)., with an example of each. There are two Confederate ships that have been recovered, the ironclad Jackson & gunboat Chattahoocle, with much information about each.

One wall is month by month and year by year about naval advances and operations. This includes the first 'aircraft carrier', a Union vessel towing a ballon, the first ironclad in combat, a Confederate ship. One wall is covered with naval flags fron both sides.

Three ship replicas. A full size turret that would have fitted to the USS Monitor. A partial full size mock up of the USS Hartford and CSS Albemarle ironclad. Both ships allow a way through.

During my visit there was a large group of young kids split into four groups, getting a lecture about the war's ships with a question & answer time. They appeared to be enjoying theirselves..

A visit probably will last one & half most visitors, while my visit was probably 2 1/2 hours. There much to see. Small gift shop. Plenty of free parking, located off Victory Drive in Columbus. Any person will an interest in the civil war or naval history won't be disappointed.

I recommend a visit.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

Visited May 2014
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Canton, Texas
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“Interesting History”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Very Informative and well laid out. Had subs and ship information I had not known prior to my visit. Very reasonably priced

Visited November 2013
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