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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.

The museum is closed...

The museum is closed...
                To keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe from the spread of COVID-19 the museum will be closed until further notice.


  • Welcome to Drum Barracks

    Welcome to Drum Barracks

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    The museum is closed...

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...


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Did You Know... frequently asked questions

 Sorry, We’re Closed!  To keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe from the spread of COVID-19, we have been instructed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Facilities to close the Museum until further notice.  Please check back for frequent updates. 

Our Contact Information:

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

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.

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

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California and the Civil War
California and the Civil War
Drum Barracks Events Civil War Technology Fair, Saturday, June 27, 2020  
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
Nov. 14, 2020 | 2 pm                                 FREE Admission
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
Dec. 5, 2020 | 11 am - 4 pm                  FREE Admission
Civil War Book Club
Civil War Book Club
2nd Tuesday of the month, 7 pm

Drum Barracks logo Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
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