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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, Museums
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Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
16 reviews 16 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

As a railroader I found it neat to check out the history of the industry in the area. Seeing how things were and knowing how they are now was surprising to see.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Was decided that as part of coming and visiting the Horseshoe Curve, we needed to see the National RR Museum. SO glad we did as they both go hand in hand. The movie presentations were informative & the displays shows much thought in the layout. If you even think it might be fun to see the HSC, you NEED to... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Find out how Altoona's railroad activities made this town unique by visiting the museum. Plan on spending an hour or two here. Lots of visuals and animation to make for a valuable experience.

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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
48 helpful votes 48 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
122 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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