The Southern Museum

In Association with the Smithsonian Institution

***The Archives are temporarily closed until June 15th due to construction. The Museum is still open normal 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.

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Southern Museum to Host National Train Day for Autism

    The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History will host National Train Day for Autism, sponsored in part by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on Saturday, May ...


Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Excursion to Benefit Kennesaw Museum Foundation, Southern Museum

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and the Kennesaw Museum Foundation are teaming up to raise money in support of the Southern Museum of ...


Video: 2015 ‘Trains, Trains, Trains’ Recap

More than 2,600 people turned out Saturday for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History’s fifth annual Trains, Trains, Trains. For more on Saturday's event, click ...

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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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