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“A delightful, unpretentious museum - and a great price!”

Marietta Museum of History
Ranked #6 of 46 things to do in Marietta
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Owner description: The Marietta Museum of History is one of Marietta's unique treasures. The museum is located in the Historic Kennesaw House, a structure built in 1845. Located just steps off the Marietta Square, the museum is a perfect afternoon activity for visitors to take in along with local lunch and shopping.
Marietta, Georgia
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“A delightful, unpretentious museum - and a great price!”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

For $5, you can buy a single cup of "designer" coffee or a couple of soft drinks -- or you can visit the Marietta Museum of History just off the delightful Marietta Square.

The building housing this museum is historic in and of itself, being the only building on the Marietta Square to survive the Civil War and General Sherman, who burned the rest of the city. Two historical markers out front of the museum tell some of the story. Once inside, the centerpiece of the museum is the room where the Andrews Raiders finalized their plans for the theft of "The General" of Disney and Keaton film fame.

But the museum has many more exhibits than that, all from the local area. It is not a highbrow, hi-tech museum, but a simple facility of self-directed historic exhibits that is enjoyable to meander through. The museum staff are all very friendly and very knowledgeable and there is a small gift shop with reasonably prices memorabilia and historical books.

This is certainly worth checking out when you're on the Marietta Square, and there's free 2-hour parking during the week and unlimited free parking on the weekends both in curbside parking and in the county parking deck across from the Square.

BEWARE: parking in the private lots that are in various places around the Square at ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT will result in you being booted usually within two or three minutes of you departing your car. There is aggressive booting in the private lots and no negotiation possible. It is a huge revenue source for some businessmen in the city. Use the on street curbside parking or the county parking deck ($5 weekdays, free nights and weekends) off the northeast corner of the Square.

Visited November 2011
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“Surprising quantity of info for a relatively small site.”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

There was a surprising quantity of info for a relatively small site. I was intrigued by the Homelife Gallery while my husband spent 99% of his time at the Military Gallery, then we both enjoyed the Aviator Wing off-site.

Visited June 2011
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Marietta, Georgia
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“Great museum near the square”
Reviewed February 29, 2012

Museum has a lot of history in the building itself---it was a cotton warehouse (located beside the railroad), then during the Civil War it was a hospital and morgue---good exhibits with friendly staff.

Visited October 2011
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Marietta, Georgia
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“The Marietta Museum of History is a great museum in a fascinating building.”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

My husband and I frequently visit the Marietta Museum of History.

The Marietta Museum of History in Marietta, GA is located in a famously haunted building, The Kennesaw House, which was the location from which James Andrews and his Raiders planned the Great Train Robbery during the Civil War, in which The General was stolen and which led to the Great Locomotive Chase. That alone makes it worth a visit.

But the Museum itself also displays a remarkable collection of military uniforms and objects, household furnishings from various eras (heavy on the early to mid 20th Century), and industrial machinery. It is a charming collection of historical artifacts.

The Museum staff and volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. There are a number of planned special events, including lectures by guest speakers and book signings, during the year. Ticket prices are extremely affordable, and this relatively small museum is a delight for any visitor. Don't skip the Gift Shop; you are bound to find something you want!

Visited December 2011
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“A May-retta Must See”
Reviewed June 21, 2005

The Marietta Museum of History is a must-see attraction on the Marietta Square. Civil War buffs and military enthusiasts will enjoy the comprehensive exhibits. Period costumes are displayed throughout. The staff and volunteers are friendly and very knowledgeable.

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