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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144-2823
770 427 2117
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Ranked #2 of 12 attractions in Kennesaw
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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jsbairmtsu
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Took my little boy who is in love with trains. He had a great time at this museum. Has a splash of civil war history as well which I loved. The kids play area in the back is great with a toddler section and a train simulator, my son loved it. The General looks great and is a room that... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed a few hours taking a leisurely tour of this museum leading up to a up close look at the famous General locomotive that Andrew's Raiders attempted to hijack early in the Civil War. We took lots of pictures and truly enjoyed the real life type dioramas of important events leading up to, during and after the Civil War... More

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Very well done, wonderful back story around The General, film made the episode come to life, excellent displays, thoughtful layout. If you love Civil War history and hidden historical treasures, this place is well worth the time (3+ hours) and admission. Will be back again!!!

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Marietta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This Smithsonian-partnered museum has a very good display of Civil War memorabilia, and also has very good exhibits on the manufacture of steam locomotives as well. The highlight of the visit is the Civil War locomotive The General, featured in the movie The Great Locomotive Chase. While not large, the museum is worth a visit for Civil War and railroad... More

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Woodstock, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The Southern Museum is a Smithsonian-partnered museum of excellence. The display of Lil General, Civil War information, and history of locomotive-making in Atlanta is well researched and well organized. Especially moving is the actual transport car from the Holocaust in the interactive WWII display. Instead of depressing as one might expect, the WWII is uplifting, thoughtfully and tastefully laid out.... More

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Atlanta
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a must see for civil war buffs and steam locomotive enthusiasts. The museum houses the General locomotive of the Great Locomotive chase. (The Texas is located at the Cyclorama in Atlanta's Grant Park.) the museum also features a steam locomotive building exhibit based on a well preserved industrial collection from the Glover Locomotive Works that was in Marietta,... More

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York, PA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This Civil War Museum has a nice collection of war memorabilia, but the biggest attraction is the locomotive, "The General", which was the focus of the Great Locomotive Race during the civil war. Located in Kennesaw, GA - also previously known by the railroad as Big Shanty, the museum is directly across from the railroad station and the actual location... More

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Wrentham, Massachusetts, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The museum is a nice place to visit. Very reasonable price to enter. The staff was wonderful. The museum it self has Civil War artifacts as well as a real cotton gin and of course the General! In the back is the Georgia French Merci box, this is what really thrilled me. Since I had seen the Rhode Island Merci... More

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I had passed by this place a number if times before I finally stopped in. Took my two teenage daughters, one that has a serious interest in history and studied this stuff in class recently. She was able to recall quite a bit and was fascinated by the items and stories held in this building. We took the tour while... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were passing through and saw the sign. My husband and son are big Civil War buffs, so we decided to stop. So glad we did! The general is just the beginning. This museum has an impressive collection of Civil War artifacts. There is also a collection of steam train manufacturing molds, machinery, and historical records. If you have little... More

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