News & Upcoming Events

Lift Every Voice: African Americans in Civil War Navies

For the fifth year, the Museum will celebrate Black History Month with a special interactive tour featuring first person living history interpretations. This program offers guests a variety of stories, highlighting the Navy experience through the eyes of African American nurses, pilots, sailors, and engineers.

When: 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 pm on February 8, 2020 and 2:30 pm on February 9, 2020

Cost: general admission at the door

Tickets available Online>


This educational and family-friendly festival is FREE, lots of fun, and open to the public! Visitors can enjoy museum tours, a kidzone, live entertainment, food trucks, craft vendors, cannon firings and civil war demonstrations. There is something for the entire family to enjoy!

Thanks for the  generous support from AFLAC, TSYS and the Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance.

When: Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22, 2020

Cost: FREE admission both days

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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 services 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

The Warner Collection

Not much is known about the background of one of the key figures in engineering circles from the Civil War and a prominent figure in Columbus, Georgia. The story of James Warner falls into the category of incomplete information, but he is key to understanding maritime engineering in the mid-19th century and the role that Columbus plays during the Civil War.

Read more about James H. Warner here...>

"If you have any interest in the Civil War this will help fill in a missing part."

...museum visitor, Google review

Museum Hours

Mon-Sat 10:00am-4:30pm

Sun 12:30pm-4:30pm

Closed New Year's, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving & Christmas


Adults $8

Seniors & Military $7

Students $6

 *does not include sales tax

Children 6 and under Free


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This steam and sail powered gunboat was built in Saffold, Georgia. In May of 1863, she suffered a boiler explosion near Blountstown, Florida in the Apalachicola River killing 19 crewmen. The ship was brought to Columbus in January of 1864 and underwent repairs. She was stationed at the Navy Yard in Columbus and was sunk by her own Confederate Navy Officers in April, 1865, to keep the ship from falling into Union hands.