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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.

Civil War Christmas

Civil War Christmas

 

Free Event with self-guided museum tours, musical performances, children's craft, horse-drawn trolley ride, soldier encampment and much more!

Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 2016 | 11 am - 4 pm

Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule

The museum will be closed on:

November 24, 25, and 26
December 11, 24, 25, and 26
January 1, 2, and 16

 

Wilmington Holiday Parade

Wilmington Holiday Parade

Sunday Dec. 11, 2016 | 12 PM

Starting at noon, the parade moves north up Avalon Boulevard from Anaheim Street, ending at Banning Park on "M" Street.  Drum Barracks Civil War Museum staff and volunteers will dress in period attire and soldiers will enact skirmishes for the crowds.

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Become A Member


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    Civil War Christmas

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    Holiday Schedule

  • Wilmington Holiday Parade

    Wilmington Holiday Parade

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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...


 

Did You Know... frequently asked questions

Find Us:

1052 N. Banning Boulevard, Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 548-7509
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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 on a guided tour.
A $5 donation is requested per person, children under 12 are free.

Reservations are required for groups of six or more.  Appointments are required to use our research library.  Call 310.548.7509 for an appointment.  


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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