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Experience History

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

Drum Barracks Events

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Drum Barracks Museum events are canceled until further notice.
We look forward to the time when you can join us at 1052 N. Banning Blvd., Wilmington CA 90744 for the following....


Civil War Book Club - Canceled until further notice

Meetings of the Richard Rollins Civil War Book Club are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Library.   All are welcome to attend, even if they have not read the book, as they can participate in or listen to a lively discussion of that monthly book selection. There are no meetings held in July and August.  Check the Book Club entry under "Events" for a list of the books that will be discussed in 2019.  Attendees under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Volunteer Training - Canceled until further notice

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 four 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 four 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

Drum Barracks Civil War Technology Fair - Canceled until further notice

You will be amazed at the science and technology of the 19th century!  Wet-plate photography, the telegraph, iron clad ships and submarines, these are just some of the innovations you can explore at the Drum Barracks Civil War Technology Fair.  Talk to a blacksmith, learn how a cook prepared food for soldiers, and cover your ears as we fire the cannon.  You can also enjoy lectures, self-guided tours of the museum, and a gigantic book sale. 

Remembrance Day - Canceled until further notice

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 - Canceled until further notice

Drum Barracks will kick off the holiday season with five hours of fun and entertainment.  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.