News & Upcoming Events

Guest Speakers

The Museum will be hosting another great series of experts for interesting talks. In person lectures will take place at the Museum. If you are unable to attend, lectures will be available in real time on our Facebook page. These lectures are FREE and open to the public thanks to the generous support from Georgia Humanities.


Steve Norder - Thursday, August 27 at 7:00pm

Steve Norder has worked as a teacher, genealogist, writer, newspaper reporter, and book editor. He is the author of Lincoln Takes Command: The Campaign to Seize Norfolk and the Destruction of the CSS Virginia. He has also been published in Civil War News and Civil War Times Illustrated. Steve is a member of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table.

Greg Biggs - Thursday, September 17 at 7:00pm

Greg Biggs has been a student of military history for over 45 years. His Civil War articles have been published in journals across the country. He is a Civil War flags historian and has presented flag programs to the Museum of the Confederacy and the National Civil War Museum among others. Greg leads tours of the Fort Donelson Campaign, the Tullahoma Campaign, the Atlanta Campaign.

Save the Fantail

The Jackson fantail was recently damaged in a fire that destroyed our outside storage shed. The wood pieces were most affected by the fire, but the iron armor is still intact. This is a setback to the project, but we are committed to the conservation of this one of a kind artifact.

Read more about the fantail here...>

Georgia Humanities

The National Civil War Naval Museum has been awarded a grant from Georgia Humanities to partially fund ongoing operations during the global pandemic. The Museum is one of seventy-seven organizations that offers humanities programming to Georgians that received such funding. We appreciate the efforts of Georgia Humanities to help us and others through these uncertain times.

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

"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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The Confederate Naval Shipyard in Columbus produced the CSS Jackson, one of the largest of the ironclads built in the South. Sitting dockside when Union Cavalry captured Columbus in 1865, it was torched and set adrift. After resting in the Chattahoochee River, it was raised in 1961. Columbus businessman J.W. Woodruff, led local efforts to fund and conduct the excavation and recovery of the wreck which became the centerpiece of the museum. The display gallery is named in his honor.