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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. 

Library

Library

The third largest Civil War library in California!

The McDowell Library is available to researchers by appointment. 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.

Virtual Visit

Virtual Visit

 

Unable to visit the museum in person? Enjoy a virtual guided tour of select rooms and artifacts by going to the Plan a Visit Tab and clicking on Drum Barracks on Screen!

Open for Tours

Open for Tours

Drum Barracks is open for tours on a limited basis. Advance reservations are REQUIRED. Tours are offered weekdays on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and the second and fourth Sunday of the month only.  We apologize, but we 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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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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Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination and Reservations Required

The museum is a City of Los Angeles facility. Pursuant to City Ordinance 187219 visitors 12 years and older must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter the facility.  Visitors 18 years and older must also show a photo ID. The museum is shown by guided tour only, and ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required for a tour.  Tour Reservations are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and the 2nd and 4th Sunday.  The museum is closed Monday, Friday, Saturday and the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday, and City Holidays.  Please call 310.548.7509 for a reservation. 

New Permanent Exhibition

We are happy to announce the opening of a new, permanent exhibition, "From Camp to Community: Drum Barracks Through the Years." 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 now open for tours and reservations are required. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required for visitors 12 years and older.  The museum is shown by guided tour only. To make a tour reservation please call (310) 548-7509. Tours are limited to 1 to 6 individuals from the same household.  We are unable to accommodate walk-ins, group tours or school tours at this time.  Tour reservations can be made for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or the 2nd or 4th Sunday, subject to availability.  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. Pursuant to City Ordinance 187219 all visitors 12 years and older must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter the facility. Visitors 18 years and older must also show a photo ID.

Our Contact Information:

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

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Tour Information: There are no self guided tours, the only way to view the museum is on a guided tour. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (310) 548-7509.
A $5 donation is requested per person, children under 12 are $1.

Public Tour Schedule

Tours will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.  Tours are limited to 1 to 6 individuals from the same household. Reservations are required. Please call (310) 548-7509 for a tour reservation, no walk-in tours will be available. At this time we are unable to offer on-site group tours or school tours. Staff and visitors are required to follow all City of Los Angeles health guidelines, including mandates regarding face masks and social distancing.

 

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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Drum Barracks Events
Drum Barracks Events
Civil War Christmas will not be held this year.  Please check back for our 2022 Event Schedule.  
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:00 am. Reservations are required.  Please contact the museum office at 310.548.7509 to make a reservation. We're sorry we can't commemorate...
A Civil War Christmas
A Civil War Christmas
Drum Barracks will not be hosting Civil War Christmas in 2021. We're sorry we can't celebrate with you. Happy Holidays, and please check back for our 2022 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 2022 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