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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.

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums

The Drum Barracks is proud to join museums nationwide in supporting our active duty military personnel by offering them, and their families, FREE ADMISSION from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Drum Barracks Park Dedication

Drum Barracks Park Dedication

The new Drum Barracks Park in Wilmington opened Saturday, December 7, 2013. 

Councilman Joe Buscaino, along with Michael Shull and Mark Mariscal of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, did the honors as this beautiful new City of Los Angeles Park, part of the 50 Parks Initiative, was officially opened.   

Powder Magazine and Clean Wilmington

Powder Magazine and Clean Wilmington


The Powder Magazine will receive beautiful new landscaping created by Clean Wilmington in collaboration with Sharefest on Saturday, May 3 from 8 am to 5 pm.  "Volunteer and learn the techniques of planting a rain garden using native, drought-tolerent plants, mulch and decorative rock."

For more information please cotact Salvador Laras at (310) 720-5249.

This community beautification project is made posssible by a grant from Harbor Community Benefit Foundation and by the support of the folliwing sponsors: Council District 15, Watson Land Company, Potential Industrie...

  • Welcome to Drum Barracks

    Welcome to Drum Barracks

  • Blue Star Museums

    Blue Star Museums

  • Drum Barracks Park Dedication

    Drum Barracks Park Dedication

  • Powder Magazine and Clean Wilmington

    Powder Magazine and Clean Wilmington

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


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.

Find Us:

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


Old Fort MacArthur has its annual gathering of warriors from throughout the ages this weekend. We'll be there - stop by and say hello to our staff and volunteers.

Remember. Drum Barracks is proud to be a Blue Star Museum offering free admission to active service members and their familites from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

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