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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.

Civil War Christmas

Civil War Christmas


Free Event with self-guided museum tours, musical performances, children's craft, horse-drawn trolley ride, soldier encampment and much more!


Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 2015 | 11 am - 4 pm

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day



Join us! Saturday, November 21, 2015 | 2pm

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum joins in the rememberence and celebration of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address given at the dedication of the Getysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. The event is sponsored here by the Gen. W. S. Rosecrans Camp No. 2, Department of the PAcific, Sons of Inion Veterans of the Civil War and thier Auixilary, the ASUVCW. Free Event.


Wilmington Holiday Parade

Wilmington Holiday Parade

Sunday Dec. 13, 2015 | 12 noon

Starting at noon, the parade moves north up Avalon Boulevard from Anaheim Street, ending at Banning Park on "M" Street.  Drum Barracks Civil War Museum staff and volunteers will dress in period attire and soldiers will enact skirmishes for the crowds.

  • Welcome to Drum Barracks

    Welcome to Drum Barracks

  • Civil War Christmas

    Civil War Christmas

  • Remembrance Day

    Remembrance Day

  • Wilmington Holiday Parade

    Wilmington Holiday Parade

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...

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    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!

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Find Us:

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


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.

Holiday Schedule:

The museum will be closed in November on the 26th, 27th and 28th.  The museum will be closed in December on the 13th, 24th, 25th and 31st.  The museum will be closed in January on the 1st.


Civil War Christmas, December 5-6, 2015.  Free Admission, Museum Tours, Horse Drawn Trolley Rides, Living History Displays, Music and More

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
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
Nov. 21, 2015 | 2 pm
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
Dec. 5-6, 2015 | 11 am - 4 pm
Civil War Book Club
Civil War Book Club
2nd Tuesday of the month

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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