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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.

Special Exhibition

Special Exhibition

"Strike a Pose: Portrait Photography of the Civil War Era"

This exhibition explores methods and meanings of portrait photography from the 1840s to 1870s.  Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and cartes de visite from the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society Collection are on display.  March 1 - September 30, 2016.

Commemorate Memorial Day

Commemorate Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:00am

Commemorate Memorial Day by remembering those who fought for our country. A special program honoring Civil War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans and other servicemen buried in the Wilmington Cemetery will be presented by the Wilmington VFW - Post 2967. At the Wilmington Cemetery 605 East "O" Street, Wilmington, CA 90744.

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    Welcome to Drum Barracks

  • Special Exhibition

    Special Exhibition

  • Commemorate Memorial Day

    Commemorate Memorial Day

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

Find Us:

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

Tours:

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 while on a tour.
A $5 donation is requested per person, children under 12 are free.

Reservations are required for groups of six or more, and for access to the library.


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California and the Civil War
California and the Civil War
Drum Barracks Events
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
Nov. 19, 2016 | 2 pm
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
Dec. 3-4, 2016 | 11 am - 4 pm
Civil War Book Club
Civil War Book Club
2nd Tuesday of the month

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