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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Kennesaw
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 25, 2012

Very nice facility, and we learned a lot. It whetted our appetite for Civil War history! We've since visited a couple other sites, and our family has recommended this museum to other history and railroad buffs!

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Reasonable admission and nice way to spend a few hours. Civil War memorabilia was nicely arranged and interesting. We enjoyed the movie and train/locomotive exhibits. My son especially liked the "playroom" where he could dress up in Civil War garb. The best thing was the surprise at the end - The General. Really cool exhibit!

Thank bndakidz
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

The General Is in a grat place. The people were very friendly. The artifacts from the Civil War we very well explained and well kept. Took my Great Grand Son, 6 Months, he loved the General and the train race in the Hallway.

Thank ERP50
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

I wasn't aware of this museum til I saw the signs on I-75 several miles north of Atlanta in the Kennesaw area. About 2 miles off I-75 the facility is convenient (stay on Cherokee Dr) and easy to find.

The admission price is low and the quality is superb. There's a tie-in with the Smithsonian which assures a top-notch experience. It is loaded with pics, exhibits and printed descriptions which are NOT geared for young kids. I found the flow through the museum to be properly progressive with the main exhibit (The General engine/car) at the end.

The movie about the Great Train Chase is quite well done and lasts more than the 10 minutes noted in another review. The "childrens' area" is nicely done and through a video, kids can "drive" a train engine and see items related to how trains operated decades ago.

I spent an hour but didn't read all the descriptions so someone interested in both the Civil War and trains could easily spend three hours.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Located in the quaint burg of Kennesaw, this Museum holds one of the two Civil War era locomotives involved in a historic raid by Union spies who intended to destroy the railway between Atlanta and Chattanooga. A movie was made about this event that shows the grit and determination of both sides in the conflict. Interesting Civil War era medical equipment, quite a display on a period equipment foundry, and then there is the General, fully restored. If you have a restless family on a rainy day, a great place to while away a couple of hours.

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