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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’s Polar Express Adventure Proves Delightful Despite Frightful WeatherPolar Express 2014 69 - Version 2

Hundreds turned out Saturday for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History’s popular Polar Express Adventure. Continue reading 

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Trains Trains Trains Returning January 2015trains_0061

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host its fifth annual “Trains, Trains, Trains” event on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. This year, the special railroad-themed event will be more family-friendly than ever before! “Trains, Trains, Trains” will … Continue reading 

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Southern Museum Commemorates Sesquicentennial of the City’s BurningKurtz Lacy Hotel

Today marks the 150th anniversary of a “tragic chapter of our history,” the burning of the city during the Civil War. Known as Big Shanty at the time, Kennesaw was home to Camp McDonald, one of four Confederate training camps … Continue reading 

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Our Current Exhibits

The GeneralThe Great Locomotive Chase Railroads ExhibitRailroads: Lifelines of the Civil War Glover FactoryGlover Machine Works Family Fun in the Education CenterThe Jolley Education Center Special ExhibitSPECIAL: "1864" (May 3-July 20)