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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.

Mother's Day Tea

Mother's Day Tea

Saturday, May 13, 2017 11:30am

Celebrate Mother's Day with tea in this historic setting. Enjoy traditional tea with an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and desserts, play Victorian lawn games, and see a special display of Civil War era women's fashions in the Parlor.  Regular $50, Member $40.  Space is limited call, 310.548.7509 for information and reservations.



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.

Catalina Outpost:

Catalina Outpost:

Military Possession of Catalina Island   On display February-October 2017

In 1864, soldiers from Drum Barracks took military possession of Catalina Island.  Under orders they attempted to removed all non-government employees from the island.  Using maps, photographs, paintings and official reports this exhibition looks at Catalina's role in the Civil War, and the controversial reasons behind the Army's decision to take possession of the island. 

  • Welcome to Drum Barracks

    Welcome to Drum Barracks

  • Mother's Day Tea

    Mother's Day Tea

  • Library


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    Catalina Outpost:

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.  

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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