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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.

Closed for Special Event 2/24 and 2/28

Closed for Special Event 2/24 and 2/28

The museum will be closed the following days...

Saturday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 28





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.

  • Welcome to Drum Barracks

    Welcome to Drum Barracks

  • Closed for Special Event 2/24 and 2/28

    Closed for Special Event 2/24 and 2/28

  • 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

Due to special programming the museum will be closed:

Saturday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 28

Find Us:

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

1869 Steinway Square Grand Piano

In March of 2001 Ralph Schoolcraft donated his beautiful Steinway Square Box Grand Piano to the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society. Based on its serial number, 19,135, the piano was built in 1869.  Seven feet long with polished rosewood finish, this style of piano was quite popular in the 1860s and 1870s.  Mr. Schoolcraft did minimal restoration on the exterior which was in good condition.  However, restoring the internal mechanisms took over three years of careful, detailed effort.
Today, visitors are welcomed to play the instrument and many special events include performances by pianists, singers and groups of musicians in the Parlor.



Civil War 34-Star Flag

This 34-star flag was handmade during the Civil War and was found on the battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi by Private William G. Stephens. Stephens, who served with the Chicago Mercantile Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, carried it throughout the remainder of the war. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous service at Vicksburg. His descendents settled in Long Beach and donated several items including this flag and his Medal of Honor to the Museum.

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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