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.

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Southern Museum to Add Third Mommy and Me program for Summer

The end of May is quickly approaching and many families are making plans for the summer. The Southern Museum’s Mommy & Me program is doing the same. ...

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Southern Museum to Display Second “Great Locomotive Chase” Medal of Honor

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History recently placed a Medal of Honor awarded to Wilson W. Brown on exhibit on Friday, April 24. A Union ...

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Southern Museum to Host Third Annual Railroad Rendezvous on July 18

The third annual Railroad Rendezvous will steam into Kennesaw this July. As part of the popular family friendly event, sponsored by Dixie Precast, the Southern Museum of Civil ...

Annual Events

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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