The National Civil War Naval Museum was extremely fascinating. Our family loves museums! My poor kids have a history buff for a father and therefore, 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 which included 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.
Throughout the visit, the kids completed a scavenger hunt that was provided by the museum. They really enjoyed the exhibits. There are so many historical markers offering factoids. Because of this, Dad was so enthralled that he literally had to be pulled away from every placard and display. As a result of this, we spent a good long while visiting here.
The various ships on display are extensive. There are actual size versions of the famous ironclad ships, the USS Monitor and the CSS Albemarle. After that, there is also a replica sailing vessel named the USS Hartford. However, the ship is cut away below decks and visitors can tour life aboard the ship from the level of a seaman and even the captain’s quarters.
In addition, the museum also 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.
Below are some great photos of the kids exploring the museum.
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! However, when Union Cavalry entered the city, Confederate sailors burned it to the hull and set the ship adrift down the Chattahoochee River. As a result, the ship sunk. Finally, the CSS Jackson was recovered in 1961 and eventually placed in the museum.