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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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Reading, Pennsylvania
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The museum was very informative and great for all ages. It was good that we saw the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Sight first and I would recommend that they be done in that order. The museum is easy to get to and was not crowded by any stretch. If you do both during the week, there is plenty of room... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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162 reviews 162 reviews
75 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

There are a lot of trains cars outside and three floors of exhibits inside. It was definitely interesting. We had a three-year old with us and she delighted in the toy train setup, so it's a place you can take even a fairly small child and keep them entertained.

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176 reviews 176 reviews
47 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

There are three parts to this museum: the main displays, the outdoor train car exhibit and roundhouse, and the gift shop. The main displays are fantastic with a lot of hands-on learning about railroads in general, the Pennsylvania RR itself and the city of Altoona. From multimedia installations to a dramatic and beautiful HO scale model train layout, this is... More

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cherry hill nj
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94 reviews 94 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had a return trip to the museum this weekend. We were there about 8 years ago too. The lay out of the desplays is done well and the orginization makes sense. There are enough interactive exhibits to keep little kids happy. Good way to spend a few hours.

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New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. If you are a railroad buff or interested in the impact the railroad had on Altoona then this is a must stop. The museum covers 3 floors and shows two movies which I suggest seeing first as they will help put some of the displays in perspective. Well worth the 2... More

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Springfield, Ohio
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97 reviews 97 reviews
55 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

The museum is a real gem buried deep within a city that once was the largest railroad center in the world. Here you will learn about the men and women who helped to build and maintain the Pennsylvania Railroad. A community that grew up and declined around the railroad. Born and raised in Altoona, I often travel back to visit... More

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Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

If you have ANY interest in railroading or Altoona history, this is the place to see, along with Horseshoe Curve. You can easily spend several hours here. If you plan to do it in a couple of hours, you will want to return another day!

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Our time was limited the day we visited but would love to return. There is so much to see, read, and absorb about history, it would be worth spending a whole day there. Railroad engine sound effects made the displays seem real. Recorded messages by railroad workers were very interesting to listen to. This place is a must see when... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

I should not have listened to the reviews that claimed this was an interactive museum and great for kids. I have 3 boys (4, 6, and 11) and I was sorely disappointed. First, you have to get he combo pass even though Horseshoe Curve was closed for the season, so it cost $50 for us to get in. The only... More

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

The museum is very informative and well layed out. They have a playroom for kids to play with trains.

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