Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144 - United States



Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

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

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.


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: Education Edition!

— 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

This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone and in person.

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