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Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit

Merchants Square Mall, 1901 South 12th St, Allentown, PA 18103
610-797-7743
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Allentown
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit has over 40 model trains rolling down 18,000 feet of track; more than 1,000 miniature structures, some handmade from scratch; 30,000 lights illuminating the stars, sky, moon, and buildings; and a real thunderstorm!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The layouts are amazing and so much fun! Watching families who visited at the same time, I could see how great this is for kids and parents, too! So much to see, I could've stayed watching for hours, not just the 30 minutes your ticket gets you. Lots of action - not just trains, lots of other things happening (no... More

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Fountain Hill PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This was a fun trip for us with the grandkids. We were not expecting it to be as large as it was, and when it "rained" the grand kids loved it. Nice display, would recommend.

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PA
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79 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This exhibit is a little out of the way, and located in a flea market type indoor setting. It is extremely well done, and worth the trip if you are going to be in the general area, or even if you have to drive a little to get there. Admission is reasonable. The layoout itself is very impressive, with countless... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

I would respectfully disagree with some of the negative aspects in previous reviews. I found the display to be really interesting. Every time I walked around it I saw something I hadn't earlier. Granted, not a fancy location, but not too expensive either. This may not be directly related, but there is a Professional Wrestling store in the complex which... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Went with three generations, and all were awed by the size and scope of the trains and layouts. We spent almost an hour looking at all the trains and buildings. Hard to take photos - very dark.

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I had shared an online article I had seen about this exhibit with my other half who is a BIG fan of model trains. We ended up going up last week and had the best time! What a charming and well done layout and set up, we were enthralled. A modest fee got us in line with a multi-generational mix... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

On my first trip to Allentown, because Dorney Park was closed, I looked for other things to do with my kids. We went to this train exhibit and were really impressed by the exhibit. My kids and I had a wonderful time. We didn't go back on our return trip the week after, because we went to Dorney Park instead.

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Long Island, N.Y.
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

First off, this is an incredible layout. It has everything from large scale of visual effects, lots and lots of trains, very detailed scenery, including tall buildings, a lake and a rain cloud….with RAIN. HOWEVER. There are two huge deterrents from enjoying this fantastic layout. Location, location, location. The site is really located in a flea market warehouse type of... More

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PENNSYLVANIA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

I have visited a number of model train displays and this is one of the best. Admission is reasonable. There are a number of stools so the little ones can see better. Realistic scenery. And even a thunderstorm rolls through. A must see.

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Ithaca, NY
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6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My family and friends enjoyed the train layout over Memorial Day weekend. The show runs once an hour every half hour, since the trains and layout must be turned off periodically to prevent overheating. The show begins with a choreographed lighting of the layout and gradual startup of the trains to the accompaniment of the Olympic games theme. There is... More

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