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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

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Address: 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144-2823
Phone Number: 770 427 2117
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Former turn-of-the-century cotton gin now serves as a history museum...
Former turn-of-the-century cotton gin now serves as a history museum focusing on the Civil War and the Glover Locomotive Works located in nearby Marietta.
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Fun for the little ones!

While a bit smaller of a museum than most it is definitely a nice one. If you are into Civil War history and your little one is into trains this is a true gem!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

While a bit smaller of a museum than most it is definitely a nice one. If you are into Civil War history and your little one is into trains this is a true gem!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Outstanding small museum about the railroads in the Civil War and the General in particular. Very interesting stop on our travels.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We visited in August with three kids 10 and under. I'm a Civil War history buff, thus enjoyed the many exhibits and displays. As a newcomer to the area, the history of local and regional locomotive manufacturing was a bonus I didn't expect. The story of the Civil War locomotive chase between Kennesaw and Chattanooga is well documented with displays... More 

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

First, I will mention that I have a keen interest in railroad, mining and industrial history and have seen some killer museums throughout the country. I was attracted to this museum because of it's association with the Smithsonian, which is the world-wide gold standard of museums. The artifacts and displays were somewhat interesting, but I was severely disappointed in the... More 

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King George, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Tries to balance general civil war and regional items with the story of the Great Locomotive chase. Does a great job of it. Even my 8 year old who doesn't do museum films very well sat through the video showing how the train chase happened. Definitely worth a trip!

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Fort Salonga, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

If you are a student of the civil war, its a must stop. Small museum with some weapons and the like, that you find everywhere. But the prize is the General, sadly, you can't go on it. But a week or so, after our visit, they had an event that let you on it, for an extra five bucks. You... More 

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We went to this museum on a Monday afternoon and had it mostly to ourselves. We spent about 2 1/2 hours viewing the exhibits. This museum had Civil War history exhibits and of course lots on the Great Locomotive Chase. My kids (2, 4, and 7) loved their time here. The kids area had a train simulator which pleased our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Wonderful museum with lots of local history about the area. Fascinating to read the many displays about local people and the Civil War history is always extremely intriguing.

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Kennesaw, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The museum is broken down into four "wings." They're more sections; you walk through one to get to the other, but there are four main divisions, so to speak. The first division is an overview of the role of railroads in the Civil War, with some overlap both before and after the War Between the States. And to say overview... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Southern Museum was a very nice attraction. The whole history of how locomotives impacted the Civil War and Reconstruction was intriguing, especially the mini-documentary about the Great Locomotive Chase. The museum was filled with interesting facts and rich history. Would recommend to history buffs.

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