Even the newest and trendiest ideas can be overdone in today’s wedding industry. However, I have a fantastic venue for you if you’re the type of couple who likes to stand out and make a statement. The bonus is that it’s just thirty minutes from Atlanta in Kennesaw, Georgia! The Southern Museum is a perfect wedding venue for a celebratory day that is fun, historical, and unique all at the same time!

About The Southern Museum

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History opened its doors in 1972 and still showcases the famous General Locomotive to this day. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Great Locomotive Chase from the Civil War era and is overflowing with priceless civil war artifacts. 

Located in the heart of Kennesaw, Georgia, this museum is home to a mix of historic charm with a modern vibe. It also includes multiple exhibits, including The Great Locomotive Chase, Railroads: Lifelines of the Civil War, Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South, Post Civil War Perspectives, and many temporary exhibits that cycle in and out depending on the season.

Details of the Grounds

This remarkable wedding space offers four different indoor locations to hold your ceremony and reception. There are accommodations for a private ceremony and a reception for up to 175 guests, depending on where you want to host your perfect day. 

The Cobb Gallery is the most significant space and holds up to 175 guests. You can find ample room for a DJ or band, seating, and a buffet. This room is excellent for larger receptions and features white walls with black beams for photos. The Theater is the second largest room, with the ability to host up to 100 guests. This space is only available after 5 p.m. and is perfect for an evening ceremony, featuring white and black walls for a blank slate.

The Cobb Annex is smaller and can accommodate up to 50 guests. This space is perfect for smaller receptions! The Depot is the smallest space and is a fully restored train depot built in 1910. This area is great for up to 40 guests and is a perfect space for a small ceremony. It also features beautiful wooden walls and flooring for a unique event backdrop! This is also one location to consider if you want an area with more natural light!

Photography Opportunities

While this event space is truly one-of-a-kind, it also features many memorable photo opportunities. The museum’s front lawn is perfect for portraits with the family, the wedding party, or the bride and groom together. This venue also homes many brick walls and trains throughout the property that are both indoor and outsides of the exhibits. The entryway to the museum also features a classic photo opportunity where you and your forever love can snap some photos featuring your perfect wedding venue. 

Wedding Details

The Southern Museum is a perfect blend of customization and historic locomotive style. Accommodations range from a private ceremony of just a few individuals to large parties of 175 guests. Prices range from $75 to $300 per hour with a two-hour minimum. The venue also includes the following: 

  • Free parking
  • Tables and Chairs included
  • Outside catering and alcohol allowed
  • Linens available for $10 per linen
  • Market lighting and drapery

You will be assigned a professional events coordinator onsite to help your wedding day go as smoothly as possible. You will also be able to sit down with your coordinator before your wedding to discuss your expectations for the day. This includes your wants, needs, and what is most important for you to accomplish with the time reserved. 

For your wedding day, the entire museum will be available for rental. However, it is essential to note that the museum does not offer any getting-ready spaces and does not have a kitchen. 

The Southern Museum

Choosing your wedding venue is a big undertaking. Being true to yourself as a couple while standing out and being unique can be challenging. The Southern Museum makes it easy to accomplish both of those things. You cannot go wrong with a celebratory day at this locomotive museum with a rich history, modern feel, and backdrop unlike any other in the area. 

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