The Southern Museum

In Association with the Smithsonian Institution

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.

Railroad Rendezvous 2017

Join us for Railroad Rendezvous at the Southern Museum on July 15 from 9:30am until 5:00pm! This year, the museum is introducing new and exciting family-friendly activities ...

Brain Train: Summer S.T.E.A.M. Workshop Series

Hop aboard the Brain Train to create, invent, and experiment! Join us on the second Wednesday of each month for a summer S.T.E.A.M. workshop.  Each workshop will ...

Camp McDonald Day

The Southern Museum will host a public program at the Museum on June 10, 9:30 am – 5 pm, highlighting the anniversary and early history of Camp ...

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