Hours:Apr-Oct: Tue-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12n-5pm; Nov-Mar: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12n-5pm
Cost:Free; Donations requested
about Fort Ward:
Fort Ward is the best preserved of the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington, DC during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Fort Ward Museum interprets the site's history and offers exhibits on Civil War topics, education and interpretive programs, tours, lecture and video series, bus tours, and living history activities throughout the year.
Picnic areas are available in the Park, and may be reserved for groups by calling the Recreation department at 703.838.4844.
Self-guided tours of the Fort and Museum may be taken any time the Museum and Historic Site are open. Guided tours of the Fort and the Museum are available with advance reservations for a small fee.
The museum also offers a Civil War Kids' Camp for kids ages eight to 12, during the summer months. Call 703.838.4848 for more information or to sign up.
Fort Ward Museum is located on West Braddock Road between King Street (Route 7) and North Van Dorn Street in Alexandria, Virginia, approximately six miles south of Washington, DC. The Museum and Historic Site are surrounded by a park. From DC by car, follow road signs to I-395 South. Take Seminary Road East exit and at the fifth traffic light (at Alexandria Hospital) turn left onto North Howard Street. Follow North Howard to its intersection with West Braddock Road and turn right. The Museum entrance is on the left. Or, take the Metro (Yellow or Blue Line) to King Street Station. The AT5 DASH bus to Landmark stops in front of Fort Ward.