The Southern Museum

In Association with the Smithsonian Institution

***The Southern Museum Archives are temporarily closed for construction and will reopen later this year.  This closure does not affect the museum’s exhibit or event spaces, which are open during the museum’s regular operating hours.***

Experience the dramatic history of railroads and the War Between the States at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History! A prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, the Museum provides visitors with a unique perspective into the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War. The Museum is home to the General locomotive, made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, an impressive Civil War collection, and the Glover Machine Works, a restored early 20th century belt-driven locomotive assembly line. The Jolley Education Center offers numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits that are fun for the entire family, and the Cobb Energy Gallery features traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), as well as other sources! The Southern Museum’s educational programs reinforce classroom learning by connecting historical information with actual artifacts.

"Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited"

Check out the video below highlighting the "Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited" exhibition opening held at the Southern Museum on August 16th. The exhibition will be open until November 29th.


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Trains Trains Trains Returns in January for a TWO day event!

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host the sixth annual installment of its highly popular Trains, Trains, Trains event on Saturday, Jan. 30 ...

Holiday at Museum

Holiday at the Museum Coming December 5th!

  Kick start your holiday season at the Southern Museum! Bring the whole family to enjoy popcorn and the movie The Polar Express as well as a fun, ...

Leo Frank and Mary Phagan

Southern Museum to Lead Exhibition and Programs to Memorialize 100th Anniversary of Leo Frank Lynching

Community dialogue, special programs to examine prejudice and bigotry in society then and now “Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited” exhibit to be displayed at the Southern ...

Annual Events

  • January: Trains, Trains, Trains
  • March: Museum Foundation Gala
  • April: Museum Foundation Golf Tournament
  • May: National Train Day for Autism
  • July: Railroad Rendezvous
  • September : Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live!
  • October : Great Locomotive Chase 5K
  • December: Holiday Event

The Southern Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a premier metro Atlanta museum, featuring exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history. The Southern Museum is home to the General locomotive, stolen during the Civil War's Great Locomotive Chase; a reproduction of the locomotive assembly line from the Glover Machine Works; weapons, uniforms and every day items of Civil War soldiers; and the Jolley Education Center that features train history, hands-on activities for children and Georgia's French Gratitude Train.

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