News & Upcoming Events


Come celebrate Independence Day at the Museum. The RiverBlast festival will feature food trucks, vendors, museum tours, cannon and musket firings and live entertainment. Thanks to the generous support from our RiverBlast sponsors - Aflac, Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance, and TSYS - RiverBlast2020 is FREE & open to the public!

When: Saturday, July 4, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:30pm

Cool History Summer Program

Join a “Sailor” for a special program about the war on the water. History will be brought to life with hands on activities and exciting stories with a tour of the museum. This program is for students of all ages and lasts about 2 hours. All participants are required to pre-purchase a ticket. Program includes museum admission. Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 706-221-1782 or through the contact form>. Cool History is made possible through the generous support of the WC Bradley Company.

When: Monday-Friday, July 20-24 &  27-31 at 1:00pm

Cost: $5 *tickets must be pre-purchased

Purchase tickets online 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

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...>

"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 exhibit begins with a comparison of the United States and Confederate Navies showing totals of ships and sailors along with details concerning training and organization. It then takes the visitor month by month through the war showing naval events, and features many of the museum's most rare artifacts. Detailed models of many famous Civil War ships are on display including the CSS Atlanta which is located just opposite the huge 25-foot long flag that was captured on the actual ship.