The award-winning exhibit stops at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw on Thursday before setting up on Marietta Square Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s a museum telling about the Civil War from an individual experience,” said executive director Cheryl Jackson.
The exhibit started as an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission to visit museums, parks, fairs, schools and other sites throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.
The four-year tour, which launched in 2011 in conjunction with the 150th anniversary commemoration of the First Battle of Manassas, has visited many of the 150th anniversary sites, including Antietam and Gettysburg. More than 120 stops have attracted visitors from every state and a number of countries, Jackson said.
Perspectives of individuals — including soldiers, slaves and civilians — show how the war affected them as individuals from both the home and battle fronts, which often overlapped, Jackson said.
The mobile museum is good for kids in third grade and up, and sometimes younger, Jackson said.
“The immersive environment helps you to understand what it felt like,” she said, noting that upon entering the exhibit, the lighting is low with the sounds of ammunition firing.
The many gains and losses of the Civil War are commemorated, not celebrated, Jackson said.
“Tremendous gains included freedom of slaves, but tremendous losses of life,” she said. “I think the folks who come out to visit will feel what it was like.”
The Southern Museum will offer free admission during special late hours, 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, to view the museum’s new temporary exhibit, “1864,” which commemorates the 150th anniversary, said Dena Bush, director of operation at Southern Museum.
Michael Shaffer from The Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University will give a lecture discussing the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain at 7 p.m., after the HistoryMobile exhibit.
More information on the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile and the initiatives of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission can be found at www.VirginiaCivilWar.org.