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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...
Pardon our dust! The museum is currently closed as we complete renovations and upgrades. We look forward to welcoming you back BY APPOINTMENT ONLY beginning August 3, 2021. Call (310) 548-7509 during business hours, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to make a reservation. Take a virtual tour of select rooms and artifacts by visiting the Plan A Visit section of this website and clicking on Drum Barracks on Screen.

 

 
 
 

Virtual Visit

Virtual Visit

The museum is currently closed to the public, but you can enjoy a guided view of select rooms and artifacts on this website.  Go to Plan A Visit and click on Drum Barracks On Screen.

 

 

Reopening August 3, 2021

Reopening August 3, 2021

Drum Barracks is reopening for tours on a limited basis beginning August 3, 2021! Advanced reservations are REQUIRED. We apologize, but are unable to accommodate walk-ins, group tours, and school tours at this time. Please call (310) 548-7509 during business hours Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, to make a reservation.

 
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    Reopening August 3, 2021

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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Reopening Update

The museum is reopening for guided tours, ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, beginning August 3, 2021.  We look forward to welcoming you back! Find all the details on this page, in the Did You Know section.

New Permanent Exhibition Opening

We are happy to announce the opening of a new, permanent exhibition, "From Camp to Community: Drum Barracks Through the Years," opening August 3, 2021.  Using maps, photographs, and architectural drawings, "From Camp to Community" looks at the many different incarnations the building and grounds have gone through in the last 160 years. 

Enlist in the Drum Barracks Garrison March to the beat of the drum! Become a member of the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society. Join up or re-enlist today.

Download free issues of the Reveille, the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society Newsletter, by going to About Us and clicking on Newsletters

Want to learn more about the Civil War from the comfort of your own home? Our friends at the Los Angeles Civil War Round Table and the Pasadena Civil War Round Table host monthly meetings and lectures via Zoom. Go to www.lacwrt.org or www.pasadenacwrt.org to find out how you can participate.

 

Did You Know... frequently asked questions

 We are reopening for tours by appointment only beginning August 3, 2021!  We apologize, but we cannot accommodate walk-ins, group tours or school tours at this time.  Tour reservations can be made for 1 to 6 individuals, from the same household, by calling (310) 548-7509 during business hours, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Tours are limited to the museum grounds and the first floor only.  The second floor containing the Officer's Bedroom, Barracks Room, and Armory, will remain closed until 2022.  Staff and visitors are required to follow all City of Los Angeles health guidelines, including mandates regarding face masks and social distancing.

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 $1.

Public Tour Schedule

The museum is currently closed. Tours will be starting again by appointment only beginning August 3, 2021.  Tours will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm, and on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm.  Please call (310) 548-7509 for a tour reservation, no walk-in tours will be available.

 

To schedule a VIRTUAL SCHOOL TOUR or VIRTUAL GROUP TOUR please call (310) 548-7509 during business hours Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

 

 

 

This website is made available to you by the Drum Barracks Garrison and Society, the non-profit support group of the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum.  The opinions expressed in Drum Barracks Garrison and Society publications are those of the Drum Barracks Garrison and Society, contributors, and members. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks or any individuals employed by any department of the City of Los Angeles. 


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California and the Civil War
California and the Civil War
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all public events have been canceled until further notice.  Please check back for our 2021 Event Schedule.  
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
We're sorry we can't commemorate this important event with you.  All public events have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please check back for our 2021 Schedule
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
We're sorry we can't celebrate with you.  Our Civil War Christmas event has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Happy Holidays, and please check back for our 2021 event schedule.
Civil War Book Club
Civil War Book Club
Book Club has been canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Keep reading, keep learning, and please check back later for our 2021 event schedule.

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