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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.

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The third largest Civil War library in California!

The McDowell Library is available to researchers, requires an appointment, so researchers may be assisted in utilizing the wide variety of resources that comprise the collections. To inquire about using the library, please call the Museum at 310-548-7509.

The collection includes the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies, and the Supplement to the Official Records.

Docent Training Class 2017

Docent Training Class 2017

Learn to share your knowledge and enjoyment of the Civil War with visitors. A series of five Docent Training class sessions are scheduled on Saturdays starting Saturday April 1, 2017 ending Saturday April 29, 2017. 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Attendance at all five classes is mandatory. These sessions are free and are only offered once per year, so don't delay. Call or email for additional information, or to reserve your place in the class.

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. 

  • Welcome to Drum Barracks

    Welcome to Drum Barracks

  • Become A Member

    Become A Member

  • Library


  • Docent Training Class 2017

    Docent Training Class 2017

  • Special Exhibition

    Special Exhibition

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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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.  

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!

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Drum Barracks Events
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
Nov. 18, 2017 | 2 pm
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
Dec. 2-3, 2017 | 11 am - 4 pm
Civil War Book Club
Civil War Book Club
2nd Tuesday of the month

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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