History buffs will enjoy learning about the Great Locomotive Chase and Glover Machine Works in great detail, while others will enjoy leisurely browsing historical artifacts like clothing items, firearms and personal effects. And no one will want to miss the General, the steam locomotive stolen during the illustrious Great Locomotive Chase!
For groups of 10 - 200 adults
(1.5 - 2 hours depending on group size)
Available Monday - Saturday
$5 per adult, guided
General Museum Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of the Smithsonian-affiliated Southern Museum with one of our knowledgeable docents. Your visit will include our three permanent exhibits: The Great Locomotive Chase (including the world famous General steam locomotive), Railroads: Lifelines of the Civil War, Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South, and a viewing of the Story of the Great Locomotive Chase movie in our theater.
Adult Outreach Presentations
Schedule a visit by one of our museum educators for an engaging history presentation, complete with Q&A at the end of the presentation. Cost is $50 per presentation, plus mileage if outside a 20 mile radius of the museum.
The Great Locomotive Chase
Bring the Great Locomotive Chase to life! Your group will discover behind-the-scenes details about the Andrews Raid, the men involved in the event, and its aftermath. This talk highlights an interesting local story from the Civil War, provides insight into the different decisions that were made during the raid, and explores how the outcome could have changed with different decisions.
Life as a Civil War Soldier
Explore what the daily life was like on the front lines during the Civil War. A museum educator will give this presentation dressed as a Civil War solider, accompanied by reproduction items that help highlight life at camp. This presentation also explores the reasons people fought during the war and how perspectives changed from 1861-1865.
Casting of a New South: The Glover Machine Works
Discover how trains were built! This talk highlights the Glover Machine Works and how the South rebuilt itself after the war. As a small steam locomotive shop in Marietta, GA, the Glover Machine Works provides insight into the industrialization of the South after the war and how the United States evolved economically during the early 20th Century. This presentation brings to light an important part of local history and an understanding of how the South went from an agrarian society to an industrial one.