Our family loves museums! The National Civil War Naval Museum is fascinating. My poor kids have a history buff for a father and so while visiting F.D. Roosevelt State Park, we made the drive into Columbus to check it out.
What an amazing place we found! There were so many exhibits, including the wreck of an actual ironclad! It was huge and there was even a framed mock-up that gave you some appreciation for the actual size of the vessel! Outside the museum are several cannons and a sailing ship that can be explored.
The kids completed a scavenger hunt that was provided on site and really enjoyed the exhibits. Dad was so enthralled that he had to literally be pulled away from nearly every placard and display. Here are some great photos of the kids exploring the museum.
A Great Family History Trip!
The various ships on display are extensive. There are actual size versions of the famous ironclad ships, the USS Monitor and the CSS Albemarle. There is also a replica sailing vessel named the USS Hartford. The ship is cut away below decks and visitors can tour life aboard the ship from the level of seaman and even the captain’s quarters.
The museum has a very extensive collection of flags from both the Union and the Confederacy. You could even see bullet holes and battle damage from their time aboard these fighting ships.
The CSS Jackson
By far the main attraction of the National Civil War Naval Museum is the wreck and mock up of the Confederate ironclad, the CSS Jackson. There is an entire wing of the building that features this nautical construct.The ship was actually built in Columbus, Georgia! When Union Cavalry entered the city it was burned to the hull and set adrift down the Chattahoochee River where it sunk. The vessel was recovered in 1961 and eventually housed in the museum.
Things to know!
- Children 6 and under get in FREE.
- Aduts are $7.50 and Students are $6.00
- The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Open Sunday 12:30 p.m to 4:30p.m.
- The CSS Abermarle is open to explore. Kids can get a great idea what the inside of an ironclad gunship was like by climbing aboard.
- The Sea Witch exhibit has closed for repairs.
- There is a great gift shop on site. It had several books on Civil War Naval history.
- Columbus, Georgia is hot in the Summertime. If you visit during this time of year, bring plenty of water and dress comfortably. We always fill a couple of Nalgene bottles before going anywhere in Georgia.
- The building is air conditioned and is great for escaping the heat after viewing the outdoor exhibits.
- Request the scavenger hunt sheets at the front desk.