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News & Upcoming Events

Environmental Controls

Upgrades are underway for our air conditioning system. The temporary unit has been installed awaiting the arrival of a new state-of-the-art fixture. This will allow us to control the temperature and humidity more effectively and efficiently in the museum. This is important not only for the comfort of our guests, but critical to the long-term preservation of the artifacts. This necessary upgrade as well as other ongoing projects are quite expensive. Please consider becoming a member or click the donate button. Any amount goes a long way to preserving our history and is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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July 4th Celebration

We have a great program for Independence Day starting at noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy a talk about US Admiral David D. Porter. Then experience the firing of an authentic Civil War naval cannon at 1:00pm. You will not want to miss the concert at 1:30 featuring the Bob Barr Band playing patriotic tunes.

When: Thursday, July 4 at 12pm

Cost: special $7 admission all day

Cool History Summer (June & July)

Member Mondays

Experience the stories that your support helps bring to the public.  Members receive a private, guided tour of the galleries and behind-the-scenes. While your tour is complimentary, the guests we hope you bring pay only $5. 

Call ahead to make your reservation, 706-221-1782.

Tours on Tuesdays

Visit the museum for stories you will hear nowhere else!  Take a guided tour of the museum and explore our unique exhibits. Tours are open to the public and start at 11:00 A.M., 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.  Each tour lasts about an hour.

Cost: General Admission, Members Free

Lunch & Learn Thursdays

Bring your lunch and stop by the museum for an interesting deep-dive discussion about the people who were part of the war on the water. The program starts at noon and lasts about an hour.

Cost: General Admission, Members Free

Family Fun Fridays

Join Sailor Sam for a special program that includes fun games and hands-on activities, all while you learn about Civil War history. This program is for students of all ages. Starts at 11:00 A.M. Program lasts about an hour.

Cost: General Admission, Members Free

Summer Guest Lecture Series

Guest lectures are FREE and open to the public.

Dr. Laura Davis - Thursday, June 13 at 6:30pm - Vexed Waters: Confederate Boat Burners along the Lower Mississippi RiverDr. Davis, professor of history at Columbus State University, earned her doctorate at the University of Georgia in 2016. She specializes in a variety of topics including American history through the 19th century. Her current manuscript project focuses on sabotage, irregular naval warfare, and masculinity during the Civil War. 

Dr. Adam Domby - Thursday, July 11 at 6:30pm - Freedom's War on the Waters: The Forgotten Story of the African American Sailors who Won the Civil War at Sea and Saved the UnionDr. Domby is a historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction at Auburn University. He earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has won many awards for his scholarship and currently is working on a book project focused on African American Sailors during the Civil War.

Dr. James Welborn III - Thursday, August 8 at 6:30pm - Dueling Cultures, Damnable LegaciesDr. Welborn earned his PhD in history from the University of Georgia and currently is an Associate Professor of History at Georgia College & State University. His book engages with the intersections of religion, masculinity, and race. His research also focuses on the role of violence, vice, and virtue in connection to southern values and Civil War memory more broadly. 

Volunteer Meetup

Interested in history? Like meeting new people? Have some time to volunteer? This is your perfect opportunity. The museum is looking for volunteers to serve as tour guides and guest service representatives. Scheduling is flexible and no extensive knowledge of Civil War naval history is necessary. Training will be provided. Attend a meet-up and see if this is a good fit for you.

When: First Monday of the month @ 1:00pm

RSVP appreciated but not required

Animals on Board
Recently, historians have turned their attention to the roles of animals and how their presence shaped the daily experiences of the Civil War era. While much of this scholarship has focused on animals in the armies, an examination of animals in the navies can inform new depictions of life at sea during the war.

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Columbus: A Civil War City

We need your help to complete our newest permanent exhibit. This exhibit will tell the story of the people, industry, and events that defined Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley during the most important era of our nation’s history.

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"One of the best Civil War museums I've been to. Well worth the price of admission." guest, Google review

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