The Fort Clinch Museum is located adjacent to the Visitor’s Center and is provided free of charge with park admission and is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every day of the year including holidays. Entrance to the actual Fort is $2.50 per person. The museum displays many of the artifacts associated with Fort Clinch and supplements the unique Living History experience given the visitors by the soldiers in the fort.
A 10-minute introductory video details the history of Fort Clinch while giving visitors a primer to the experience they will encounter inside the Fort itself. The video provides panoramic views of the rooms displayed in the Fort as well as commentary from the soldiers for any visitor with an accessibility concern.
A timeline display explains the importance and history of third system forts including Fort Clinch. A large wall display explains the unique brickwork used in the construction of the site. A flanking wall display explains armaments and projectiles from the Civil War time period. Projectiles are arranged so that visitors can touch and compare. The museum contains two large freestanding displays devoted to later periods in the military life of Fort Clinch. The first is a restored Gatling gun and carriage and the second is a display of Fort Clinch in the World War II period when the site served as a naval surveillance and communication station. Dozens of photographs line the walls showing different stages in the Fort’s construction as well as different military events. The museum houses many smaller artifacts from Fort Clinch during the Civil War period. These artifacts include:
1) Weapons, small arms, edged weapons, and bayonets
2) Personal gear and uniforms of soldiers stationed at Fort Clinch
3) Letters and ephemera of soldiers stationed at Fort Clinch
4) Construction artifacts, hinges, locks, ironwork, nails
5) Cannon balls and other projectiles.
Due to the sensitive nature of some of the Fort Clinch Museum collection, please do not bring food or drink inside the building.