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Welcome to Drum Barracks

Welcome to Drum Barracks

Located in Wilmington, California, Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is housed in the last remaining original wooden building of the 22 structures built as a military post during the Civil War in the Los Angeles area. Drum Barracks, named after Lt. Col. Richard Coulter Drum, Adjutant General of the Department of the Pacific in San Francisco, served as the Union Army headquarters for Southern California and the Arizona Territory from 1861-1871. Please enjoy exploring our past and our present.

Commemorate the Sesquicentennial

Commemorate the Sesquicentennial

CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS
From now through 2016, exhibits and events commemorating the 150th anniversary, the Sesquicetennial, of the Civil War will be taking place at Drum Barracks. This year on Saturday, September 20, from 11 am to 4 pm, we celebrate "Hispanics in the Civil War 1864," with a new exhibition highlighting the service of Hispanics on both the Union and Confederate sides of the war. Admission is FREE!

152 Years Ago...

152 Years Ago...

CALIFORNIA AND THE CIVIL WAR
152 years ago construction began on the Drum Barracks military post and 25 years ago it became a City of Los Angeles museum. We add new temporary exhibitions each year, and highlight your favorites that continue on display. This year we celebrate "Hispanics in the Civil War 1864," as our fourth annual Sesquicentennial event.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 | 11 am - 4 pm | FREE!

Decorate the Drum Day

Decorate the Drum Day

Join our volunteers as we pull out those Civil War-era decorations and cover the Museum from top to bottom in Christmas cheer. All hands are needed for whatever amount of time you have available!

 

Saturday, November 29, 2014 | 10 am - 5 pm

Drum Barracks Park Dedication

Drum Barracks Park Dedication

Take a short walk across Banning Boulevard to see the new Drum Barracks Park in Wilmington. It is a remarkable and unusual park with plenty of Drum Barracks history, so we hope you'll walk over to take a good look. Maybe even climb on a camel! And take a picture, too. 

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  • Welcome to Drum Barracks

    Welcome to Drum Barracks

  • Commemorate the Sesquicentennial

    Commemorate the Sesquicentennial

  • 152 Years Ago...

    152 Years Ago...

  • Decorate the Drum Day

    Decorate the Drum Day

  • Drum Barracks Park Dedication

    Drum Barracks Park Dedication

Drum Barracks Highlights artifacts, exhibits & historical figures...


Gatling Gun

Dr. Richard Gatling, who designed and patented the gun in 1861...

1864 Steinway square grand piano

Square Piano

The Museum's square or box piano was built in 1869 by Steinway...

Dunbar autograph book

Dunbar Autograph Book

This autograph book, with signatures collected by Gilbert Edwin Dunbar, contains...

34-star flag

34-Star Flag

This 34-star flag was hand made during the Civil War and was found on the...


 

Support the Drum Barracks donate or volunteer today...

  • Enlist in the Drum Barracks Garrison

    March to the beat of the drum! Become a supporter of Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, Southern California's authentic Civil War site. Join up or re-enlist today!

  • Volunteer Today!

    Opportunities are open to volunteer as tour docents, to assist in our Civil War library, to assist in our Museum Shop, and to assist with research and exhibition projects. Sign up today!

Did You Know... frequently asked questions

Find Us:

1052 N. Banning Boulevard, Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 548-7509

Tours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 and 11:30 am and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Visitors must take a guided tour. Suggested donation is $5 for adults.

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The Museum will be closed on Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1 for the holidays. Bring your family and friends for a visit to enjoy the festive decorations and see our "new" 1863 cannon.

Check the "Events" section above for more interesting activities in our area.


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California and the Civil War
California and the Civil War
Drum Barracks Events
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
Dec. 6-7, 2014 | 11 am - 4 pm
Civil War Book Club
Civil War Book Club
2nd Tuesday of the month
Clean WIlmington Powder Magazine
Clean WIlmington Powder Magazine
  Join Clean Wilmington and Sharefest at the Powder Magazine at the corner of Opp and Eubank from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. They will be landscaping the site with a rain garden using...

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U.S. Army Headquarters for Southern California and Arizona Territory, 1862-1871
City of Los Angeles Historic Monument #21, 1963
State of California Historical Landmark #69, 1935
National Register of Historic Places, 1971