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Experience History

Celebrations, reenactments, and more at the Drum Barracks Museum and throughout Southern California

Drum Barracks Events

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is once again welcoming visitors for tours and events, with enhanced safety measures and protocols in place.  Masks, proof of vaccination, and social distancing are required for tours, events and activities taking place inside the museum building. Please contact the museum for additional details.

Drum Barracks Civil War Technology Fair - Saturday, June 25, 2022  12 - 4 pm     FREE ADMISSION

You will be amazed at the science and technology of the 19th century!  Wet-plate photography, the telegraph, iron-clad ships and railroads, these are just some of the innovations you can explore at the Drum Barracks Civil War Technology Fair.  Talk to a blacksmith, view a magic lantern show, and use a 19th-century printing press.  You can also enjoy self-guided tours of the first floor of the museum and visit our Gift Shop.  Children completing an activity will receive a prize (while supplies last). 

Volunteer Training - Spring 2023

Do you want to learn to be a tour guide or school program educator at Drum Barracks Civil War Museum?  Are you interested in Civil War artifacts, historic preservation or want to welcome visitors at special events?  There's a place for you as a member of the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum Volunteer Corps!  During this five week class you will enjoy lectures, go behind the scenes with the curator and museum guides, and visit other historic sites in Wilmington.  Classes are free but you must attend all five Saturdays to graduate.  Contact the museum at 310.548.7509 to register or for additional information.

Park Day - Canceled until further notice

Each year the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum joins with the American Battlefield Trust and community organizations for Park Day, a day for giving service at Civil War sites around the country.  Local civil war sites include the Drum Barracks Junior Officers' Quarters, Drum Barracks Powder Magazine and Phineas Banning Residence Museum

Remembrance Day - November 2022

Each year we join with the Sons of Union Veterans and Auxiliary to mark the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and remember the sacrifice of Drum Barracks' fallen soldiers. 

Civil War Christmas - December 2022

Visit Drum Barracks and help kick off the holiday season.  Enjoy self-guided tours of the museum, a Civil War brass band, Victorian parlor singers, children's crafts, special exhibitions and displays and horse-drawn trolley rides.