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Current Exhibits

The Southern Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a premier metro Atlanta museum, featuring three permanent exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history, as well as traveling exhibitions on loan through the Smithsonian Affiliations Program.

Great Locomotive Chase

At the Southern Museum, you'll follow in the daring footsteps of Confederate Conductor William Fuller as he chases "Andrews' Raiders" through the north Georgia mountains with a dramatic tour featuring an exciting movie about the Great Locomotive Chase, a façade of the Lacy Hotel, a tunnel and the General locomotive itself. Learn more about the Civil War spies in the Museum's Raiders Gallery that features Sgt. Scott's Medal of Honor, as well as photos and information about all 22 raiders.  Learn more »

Railroads: Lifelines of the Civil War

Often described as the “iron horses” of the Civil War, railroads were vital to the war effort because of their contributions to troop movement, medical care, food and supplies.  There are a variety of photographs and artifacts in the “Railroads” exhibit that typify train cargo of the period. Learn more »

Glover Machine Works

The Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South features the only fully restored belt-driven locomotive assembly line in the country. Originally located in Marietta, GA, the Glover Machine Works gives visitors a fascinating look at the original machining equipment and two restored Glover locomotives in various stages of assembly. Learn more »

Jolley Education Center

The 8000 sq. ft. Jolley Education Center is home to many of the Museum’s educational programs for children and their parents. Open to the public since 2008, the Education Center offers engaging and interactive learning stations for families to explore. Learn more »

Traveling Exhibits

Portraits in Gray

The Museum's photography collection, "Portraits in Gray" is available to other museums on loan. Private collector David Wynn Vaughan of Atlanta, GA has arguably the largest collection of Civil War Confederate images in the nation, many of them identified. The exhibition features 70 images in nine thematic sections. One section highlights his rare collection of eight of the known 12 portraits of cadets at the Georgia Military Institute. Other sections include Citizen Solider, Snapshots in Time, Civil War Photography, Dressed for the Photographer, Brothers in Arms, Youth at War and Bowie Knives and Muskets. Borrowing institutions have many opportunities to feature their Civil War artifacts and photographs within the exhibition, as well. Learn more »

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