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The General Locomotive The Southern Museum

Educational Student Field Trips

Reinforce your classroom work with an educational student field trip to the Southern Museum! Hands-on, interactive learning will increase retention by engaging students and getting them excited about the subject matter.  The Southern Museum provides a fun learning experience for all kinds of student groups, including school groups, scout groups, Civil War interest and train clubs and other community organizations.

Monday – Saturday availability, Price: $5 per student (must have a minimum of 10 students in your group to receive the $5 rate); $5 per adult chaperone; teachers and bus drivers free

School Age Programs

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History offers dynamic field trip options that meet Georgia state curriculum standards and offer highly interactive exhibits and lesson plans for teachers and students. All options are tailored for age appropriateness and can be customized to meet specific requirements.

* Please contact us about special arrangements for groups larger than the tour sizes listed below.
* Please schedule your programs two weeks in advance.

Grades 3-12: Adapted to your specific grade level
Tour size: 10 – 180 students, (1 ½ – 2 hours)

A Nation Divided

Investigate the causes and consequences of our divided nation while touring galleries that display examples of original weapons, civilian items, uniforms, and much more.  Guides will discuss the life of a Civil War solider and present a musket demonstration. See the famous steam locomotive, General, and learn about its role in Georgia history during the Civil War as well as one of the first Medals of Honor associated with the General.  Students will meet James J. Andrews, William Fuller and other historic characters through our acclaimed movie, dramatically recreating the Great Locomotive Chase. Costumed interpretation is available upon request for the Civil War soldier portion of the tour (dependent upon staffing).

Museum Highlights Tour

In our comprehensive tour of the museum, students will explore the permanent exhibits at the Southern Museum and learn about the strategic and economic importance of railroads during the Civil War and afterwards.  See the General steam engine, discover the Great Locomotive Chase through our acclaimed movie in the museum theater and walk through a reconstruction of an early 20th century belt-driven locomotive assembly line.

Industrialized America

Learn about the significance of industry in the years leading up to, during, and following the Civil War.  Become acquainted with the function of railroads and other industries in the redevelopment of the economic and social structure of the New South beginning with Reconstruction and into the 20th century.  Galleries recreate the Glover Machine Works (a Marietta, GA factory as it appeared during the early 1900s), including a full-scale reproduction of a belt-driven locomotive assembly line!

Please call 770.427.2117 ext. 3169 for any special add-ons or adaptations.

Early Childhood

Junior Railroaders (Pre-K – Tour size: 10 – 40 children – 1 hour)

This program is designed to introduce young learners to the Southern Museum while discovering the world of transportation through interactive lessons and an exploration of the museum’s exhibits.  Learn about different forms of transportation, see the famous General locomotive, and engage in the hands-on activities in the Jolley Education Center and Georgia W. Pierce Pre-K Area.

Museum Explorers (K through Grade 2: Tour size: 10 – 75  students, 1 ½ – 2 hours)

This tour experience, catered specifically to the primary grades, will introduce young students to the life of a solider during the Civil War and highlight the story of the Great Locomotive Chase.  Students will discover the adventure of the Great Locomotive Chase through our acclaimed museum movie, see the famous General locomotive, and explore how steam locomotives were built by participating in hands-on activities.

All program options are tailored for age appropriateness and can be customized to meet specific requests. Visit to fill out a Group Tour Reservation Form (bottom of the page) or contact Group Tours Office at the Southern Museum 770.427.2117, ext 3169,

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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)