Skip to Content

We are the Smithsonian in your Neighborhood!

The Southern Museum

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.

PARKING UPDATE: Please note the parking lot behind the Museum is now closed due to pending construction. Click here for more details.

Please be aware that the Southern Museum will be closed during the day on Saturday, December 6th as we prepare for the Polar Express Adventure event taking place later that evening from 5-9pm. We hope to see you there! You can get more information on the event here.

Get money saving coupons by joining our mailing list.

Atlanta warehouse

Thank you to Atlanta Bonded Warehouse for your continued support of the Southern Museum!

The Latest News

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 

Posted in Southern Museum News | Leave a comment

Polar Express Adventure Returns to the Southern Museum [Buy Tickets Here]960242_10151756882506791_831414813_n

Adult Ticket (13 and older) $5.00 Children (4 – 12) $3.00 Infant (3 years and younger) $0.00 The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is bringing back its popular Polar Express Adventure event this December. The special holiday … Continue reading 

Posted in Southern Museum News | 2 Comments

A New Look at The General’s Trip to the 1964 World’s Fairgeneral-in-nyc-470

The General locomotive retired from service on the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway – a successor of the Western & Atlantic Railroad – in 1891. But, even in “retirement,” the famed locomotive was a draw at the many expositions … Continue reading 

Posted in Blogs, Southern Museum News | Leave a comment
Read Our News Archives »

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)