Museum Day Live! Free Admission | Southern Museum

Museum Day Live! at the Southern Museum this September 23, 2017

The Southern Museum Participates in Museum Day Live!

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by the Smithsonian Magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket for the ticket holder and one guest.

Museum Day Live! Hours of Operation: 9:30 am ‐ 5:00 pm

Obtaining Free Admission to the Southern Museum

Tickets become available for download beginning at midnight on Friday, August 25, 2017. Between August 25th and the day of the event, September 23, 2017. To obtain your ticket, go to the Smithsonian Magazine Website and on the top menu bar, a link to get a ticket will appear. Once you enter your name, email address, and select the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History as the museum you wish to attend, your ticket will appear on the next screen and be emailed to you. Download and save the ticket as the Southern Museum will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone or print out the ticket to present at the Museum's ticket office.

Bringing the Whole Family to Museum Day Live!

Remember that each ticket provides general admission for the ticket holder plus one guest. If you go to the Southern Museum on Museum Day Live! with more than one guest, your other guests pay full admission.


This year, The Southern Museum will feature special hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, games, and challenges that the family can do together, all inspired by this year’s Museum Day Live! educational focus – Minecraft!  Guests will have a chance to explore electric circuits, ramps, and trains through family scavenger hunts, trivia games, and discovery stations from 9:30 am – 5 pm.  Enjoy an educator facilitated activity from 1 pm – 4 pm, and create a piston powered machine! Discover how the Museum’s existing displays and exhibits fit perfectly into the world of Microsoft’s Minecraft!


  • The General Locomotive and the Great Locomotive Chase
  • Railroads: Lifelines of the Civil War
  • Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South
  • The Southern Museum’s Jolley Education Center

Benefits of the Southern Museum

As a prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, the Southern Museum offers visitors a unique perspective on 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.

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