Fort Ward Park is a historic earthen fort built to help defend Washington, DC during the Civil War. Today, it features an amphitheater, dog exercise area, museum, park shelter, parking, picnic areas, playground, and restrooms. There are frequent historical reenactments and other activities at the park. Museum open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The park opens daily from 9 am to sunset. Fort Ward Park is the home of the Fort Ward Museum and a 41.4-acre historic park located on the west end of Old Town Alexandria. There are cannons, underground bombproofs that sheltered 500 men, and reconstructed quarters of the high-ranking soldiers on the grounds. Fort Ward Museum, a replica of the building that existed on the grounds during that time, features Civil War exhibits, interpretive programs, tours, lectures and living history activities. Artifacts on display include uniforms, diaries and letters, weapons and military equipment, surgeons’ tools, musical instruments, and photographs. There is a film providing historical information and a gift shop selling books, postcards, and other items. Special events are held on the grounds including Civil War and Revolutionary War re-enactments and live musical concerts.