Southeastern Railway Museum

The Southeastern Railway Museum tells the story of railway transportation. Visitors can see classic steam locomotives, historic buses, tractors, fire engines, 90 different railroad cars, and many other historic items. The Museum even offers rides on a real caboose.
Contact Info
Address: 3595 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA 30096. Gwinnett County.
Tel: 770-476-2013.
Hrs: Thurs.-Sat. (Jan.-Feb.), Wed.-Sat. (Mar.-May, Aug-Dec.), Tues.-Sat. (Jun.-Jul.).
Get your camp group on the right track and bring them for a unique adventure to the Southeastern Railway Museum. They’ll get to see classic steam locomotives and train cars, have a ride on a real caboose, and enjoy a picnic area. Educational programs have been tailored for several different age groups and allow them to explore the history and technology behind rail transportation. Examples of activities include working with maps to study geography and trade, conducting an experiment on the physics of steam power, and making a train-themed craft.
Contact Info
Name: Education Coordinator.
Phone: 770-495-0253.
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-8th.
Group Size: Varies.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Campers to Staff: 8:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Picnic area available.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessibility: PD for the Museum. Railcar exhibits are mostly not accessible.
Topics Covered: economics, geography, history, Industrial Revolution, technology, transportation.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.