We can also open it for group tours by special arrangement, donations greatly appreciated. Please Contact the Museum.
Subject to the availability of volunteers Walking Tours are available for groups of 5 or more at any time by special arrangement, donations greatly appreciated. For groups larger than about 15 we can provide additional guides. Please Contact the Museum.
Artillery Hill Walking Tours start in the grassy field near Battery Randol at 1 PM. These guided tours can take as long as two hours depending on the interest level of the visitors, but you may join or leave at any time. Tours go along the main gun line (10 and 12 inch Barbette guns), including down into some of the hallways and storage rooms underneath, walk around and through Battery Benson (2 10 inch Disappearing guns), up through the Ready Tunnel to the underground Cistern. and finally to the HECP. For those that have time, the tour can continue to the Mortar Batteries and the underground Plotting Room there. Bring a flashlight if you can.
Because of the condition of the roads going up the hill we can no longer stage the Military Vehicle show on top of Artillery Hill, or take trucks up and down. Unfortunately a last minute effort to enable them to share the Parade Ground with the Civil War Reenactors didn't work out, so it will be just the Civil War folks.
On Saturday and Sunday tours of the Harbor Entrance Control Post will be available from 11-3 and the Mortar Battery Plotting Room will be open. There will be a guided walking tour of the gun line starting in the grassy field near Battery Randol at 1 PM on Saturday.
The Washington Civil War Association will be setting up camp on the Parade Ground be and open to the public from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They will also be sponsoring an 1800's Contra Dance in the USO building on Saturday September 2 from 8 PM to 11:30 PM. See their website for more information. Donations are appreciated. Everything is paid for and displayed by volunteers who enjoy sharing the history, donations help keep their out of pocket expenses to a reasonable level.
There is no charge to visit the exhibits or to take any of the CAM sponsored tours on the hill. All the displays are privately owned and maintained and the exhibitors and CAM are always grateful for donations to help cover costs. Normal admission fees to CAM apply, as always admission is free for active duty service members (partners and dependents are half price) and children ages 5 and younger are let in for free.