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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.

152 Years Ago...

152 Years Ago...

152 years ago construction began on the Drum Barracks military post and 25 years ago it became a City of Los Angeles museum. We add new temporary exhibitions each year, and highlight your favorites that continue on display. This year we celebrate "Hispanics in the Civil War 1864," as our fourth annual Sesquicentennial event.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 | 11 am - 4 pm | FREE!

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums

The Drum Barracks is proud to join museums nationwide in supporting our active duty military personnel by offering them, and their families, FREE ADMISSION from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

  • Welcome to Drum Barracks

    Welcome to Drum Barracks

  • 152 Years Ago...

    152 Years Ago...

  • Blue Star Museums

    Blue Star Museums

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...


Support the Drum Barracks donate or volunteer today...

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    March to the beat of the drum! Become a supporter of Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, Southern California's authentic Civil War site. Join up or re-enlist today!

  • Volunteer Today!

    Opportunities are open to volunteer as tour docents, to assist in our Civil War library, to assist in our Museum Shop, and to assist with research and exhibition projects. Sign up today!

Did You Know... frequently asked questions

Find Us:

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


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 and 11:30 am and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Visitors must take a guided tour. Suggested donation is $5 for adults.


We are a Blue Star Museum- free admission to military and their familes from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Civil War Christmas, December 5-6, 2015.  Free Admission, Museum Tours, Horse Drawn Trolley Rides, Living History Displays, Music and More

Check the "Events" section above for more interesting activities in our area.

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California and the Civil War
California and the Civil War
Drum Barracks Events
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
Dec. 6-7, 2014 | 11 am - 4 pm
Civil War Book Club
Civil War Book Club
2nd Tuesday of the month
Clean WIlmington Powder Magazine
Clean WIlmington Powder Magazine
  Join Clean Wilmington and Sharefest at the Powder Magazine at the corner of Opp and Eubank from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. They will be landscaping the site with a rain garden using...

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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