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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 Technology Fair

Civil War Technology Fair

CALIFORNIA AND THE CIVIL WAR
Enjoy special exhibitions and lectures exploring Civil War technology such as the telegraph, railroad, balloon corp, ironclad ships and photography.  Special demonstrations include a blacksmith, mounted cavalry officers and First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery B.  The museum will be open for free self-guided tours.    June 30, 2018| 11 am - 4 pm | FREE!

The Museum Will Be Closed On...

The Museum Will Be Closed On...

The museum will be closed to the public for special programs on Tuesday, May 22 and Tuesday, June 5. 

There will be NO guided tours June 30 during our Techology Fair, but self-guided tours will be available from 11 am to 4 pm.

The museum will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, May 28 and Independence Day, July 4.

 

 

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Library

Library

The third largest Civil War library in California!

The McDowell Library is available to researchers, requires an appointment, so researchers may be assisted in utilizing the wide variety of resources that comprise the collections. To inquire about using the library, please call the Museum at 310-548-7509.

The collection includes the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies, and the Supplement to the Official Records.

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    Welcome to Drum Barracks

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    Civil War Technology Fair

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    Library

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...


 

Did You Know... frequently asked questions

The Museum will be closed Tuesday, May 22  and Tuesday, June 5 for special programming.

The Museum will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, May 28 and Independence Day, July 4.

Free Event - Civil War Technology Fair 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Find Us:

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

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.

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.

Reservations are required for groups of six or more.  Appointments are required to use our research library.  Call 310.548.7509 for an appointment.  


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Drum Barracks Events
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
Nov. 17, 2018 | 2 pm
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
Dec. 1-2, 2018 | 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