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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

2829 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144-2823
+1 770-427-2117
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We took our 4-year-old grandson here and he enjoyed it. He especially liked seeing the locomotive... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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The General

The highlight of the museum is seeing "The General" locomotive. One Saturday in July you can... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2017
Kennesaw, Georgia
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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History As a prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, the Museum provides visitors with a unique perspective on the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War. The Museum, conveniently located near downtown Kennesaw, Georgia 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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2829 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144-2823
+1 770-427-2117
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 4-year-old grandson here and he enjoyed it. He especially liked seeing the locomotive and the children’s interactive area. Interesting for adults, too!

Thank edithaz2017
Reviewed 1 December 2017

The highlight of the museum is seeing "The General" locomotive. One Saturday in July you can actually climb on board - so check the date. You can also learn about the history of the Glover Machine Works, the builder of steam locomotives, that was located...More

Thank Astros58
Reviewed 12 November 2017

This is a great museum featuring the Civil War as experienced in Kennesaw/Marietta GA. Worth a visit. Many exhibits offering details of the war and the railroad between Chattanooga and Atlanta. You have to experience the hijacking of "The General" locomotive by the rebels who...More

Thank nineteenseventy
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Very well done exhibits. Informative and attractive displays. The General, the famous locomotive from the Civil War is on display. It is not a huge facility, but it is very inexpensive. Friendly staff. Recommended.

Thank Bill F
Reviewed 28 October 2017

My guests were real locomotive enthusiasts and could have spent much more time . The General of Civil War importance has been beautifully restored. There was lots of information and an enjoyable film of the General's story. Kids might not want to stay long after...More

Thank Margie404
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This museum is laid out very thoughtfully. We had a wonderful guide that shared some really interesting facts with us and pointed out things that we would have missed. It was a great tour!

Thank marykatherine2016
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Modest, but excellent presentation and interpretation of railroads and the Civil War. Also, great for mechanical engineers, especially if you like 19th century equipment and processes. Begins with photo,artifact, and diorama exhibit of the overall story of RRs in the war. Then you move into...More

Thank rsr6
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We stopped here because my husband had seen The General when it came through Kentucky in the 1960's commemorating the centennial of the Civil War. I was not familiar with it, so it was a chance to learn about an historical event. The 30 minute...More

Thank mackeinmexico
Reviewed 13 September 2017

If you are interested in Civil War era locomotives, then is will be an interesting museum. Parking is available and museum is in central Kennesaw.

Thank FamilymanDoug
Reviewed 13 August 2017

This is a great museum that is not too far from the Kennesaw Battlefield. Lots of great exhibits, history, artifacts, and information. They even have the original 'General" that was stolen by the Union. They show a condensed version of the Disney film version staring...More

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