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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. 

The museum is closed...

The museum is closed...
                To keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe from the spread of COVID-19 the museum will be closed until further notice. Take a virtual tour of select rooms and artifacts by visiting the Plan A Visit section of this website and clicking on Drum Barracks on Screen.

 

 
 
 

Virtual Visit

Virtual Visit

The museum is closed due to the pandemic, but you can enjoy a guided view of select rooms and artifacts on this website.  Go to Plan A Visit and click on Drum Barracks On Screen.

 

 

Events and Tours Canceled Until Further Notice

Events and Tours Canceled Until Further Notice

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are unable to welcome you to the museum at this time. You can find a recorded tour of select rooms and artifacts on this website in the  Plan a Visit section, under Drum Barracks on Screen

 
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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...


 

Latest News stay up to date

Enlist in the Drum Barracks Garrison March to the beat of the drum! Become a member of the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society. Join up or re-enlist today.

Download free issues of the Reveille, the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society Newsletter, by going to About Us and clicking on Newsletters

Want to learn more about the Civil War from the comfort of your own home? Our friends at the Los Angeles Civil War Round Table and the Pasadena Civil War Round Table host monthly meetings and lectures via Zoom. Go to www.lacwrt.org or www.pasadenacwrt.org to find out how you can participate.

 

Did You Know... frequently asked questions

 Sorry, We’re Closed!  To keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe from the spread of COVID-19, we have been instructed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Facilities to close the Museum until further notice.  Please check back for frequent updates. 

Our Contact Information:

1052 N. Banning Boulevard, Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 548-7509
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Tours: There are no self guided tours, the only way to view the museum is on a guided tour.
A $5 donation is requested per person, children under 12 are free.

Public Tour Schedule

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 am and 11:30 am

Saturday and Sunday
11:30 am and 1:00 pm

The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is closed to the public Monday and Friday.

Reservations are required for groups of six or more. Appointments are required to use our research library.


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California and the Civil War
California and the Civil War
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all public events have been canceled until further notice.  Please check back for our 2021 Event Schedule.  
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
We're sorry we can't commemorate this important event with you.  All public events have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please check back for our 2021 Schedule
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
We're sorry we can't celebrate with you.  Our Civil War Christmas event has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Happy Holidays, and please check back for our 2021 event schedule.
Civil War Book Club
Civil War Book Club
Book Club has been canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Keep reading, keep learning, and please check back later for our 2021 event schedule.

Drum Barracks logo Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
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