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Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum

1300 Ninth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.
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English first
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Very much worth a visit. Do notice that the title "Railroaders Museum" is very accurate. This is very much about the people - the railroaders - not so much about the trains and locomotives. Very educational.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is located in Altoona near the Amtrak station. The museum has admission that includes admission to the Horseshoe Curve park. The museum was interesting for both adults and children. There are interactive displays for kids. The gift shop had lots of fun train stuff. There are exhibits indoors and outdoors.

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Duncansville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great little museum to learn about the Altoona area. They also have nice summer concerts that feature local and national artists.

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Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Never crowded and it really had a lot to teach you about the industry that built Altoona. I'd definitely stop in if it is your first visit to Altoona.

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Columbus Ohio
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175 reviews 175 reviews
117 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The museum was good and I'd say worth the visit. Not worth a repeat visit though. The museum is definitely getting better over time, of course they plan on opening the roundhouse and that will be a great addition. I thought it would be a 3-4 hour museum but was more like 1-2 hours. Staff was nice and restrooms clean.... More

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Middletown, NJ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Altoona PA Railroaders Museum emphasizes the people involved in the industry. It does have a display of actual trains, but one should not expect this to be like Strasburg or Baltimore. Instead we seniors and 10yr old train fanatic grandson found the museum itself to be one of the most interesting exhibits we've seen. Lots of hands on and... More

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Lombard, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After going to the Horseshoe Curve, we went to this museum which had very well designed exhibits and a film which even those who aren't big railroad fans can enjoy. The rolling stock exhibit outside is not exceptional, in comparison to the Penn. Railway Museum at Strasburg, but ok. The indoor experience more than makes up for that. I learned... More

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Latrobe, Pennsylvania
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited this museum as a couple in June near the ending of it's business day. The museum only had a few visitors while we were thing, making it very easy to walk around and see everything. There was so much to see! Three floors of interactive, interesting, and well-displayed exhibits covering every aspect of the Railroad industry/area. There was... More

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Montgomery County, PA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
39 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I purchased the combination ticket that included access to the incline at the Horseshoe Curve (the combo can be purchased at either location). After visiting the curve when it opened at 9:00 AM, I drove to the museum which is about 10 minutes away if you don't get lost as I did briefly. By the time I arrived rain had... More

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Elmwood Park, New Jersey
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a beautiful museum. Visually appealing, very interactive (good for the kids), and real train cars you can explore. Interesting little video too!

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