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Boothbay Railway Village

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Address: 586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Boothbay, ME 04537
Phone Number: +1 207-633-4727
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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We invite you to travel back in time to vintage Vacationland with us....

We invite you to travel back in time to vintage Vacationland with us. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a collection of 60 antique autos.

When you visit the Museum you'll learn about how technologies like steam engines and the automobile changed life along the coast of Maine between 1850 and 1950. In addition to the opportunity to ride in a vintage coach behind a 100 year old steam locomotive, the Museum also occasionally offers rides in one of our Ford Model Ts. Two of our most popular attractions are the resident goats who delight visitors of all ages with their antics. From a display of hundreds of salt & pepper shakers to a collection of engines that powered everything from small boats to whole factories, there truly is something for everyone in your family here.

Throughout the season a wide variety of special events are hosted on the Village Green from vintage ball games to car shows and family festivals. The Museum is also a unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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Top notch collection!

We visit train and transportation museums all over the country. Usually the artifacts are low grade and not particularly valuable, just donated. Not here!! All exhibits are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
katiedog84
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North Carolina
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We visit train and transportation museums all over the country. Usually the artifacts are low grade and not particularly valuable, just donated. Not here!! All exhibits are authentic, time period appropriate and are "marked" with important and obsolete railroad names. The train ride was brief but was steam-powered, which is becoming rare these days, because of the extensive upkeep. Other... More 

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Thank katiedog84
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so very much for your review. We especially love hearing from well-traveled guests like you and your husband. We often times are so focused on our shortcomings that we forget how awesome the Museum is for visitors already! I think you (and others) will be even more excited to visit once we update some exhibits and unveil a new... More 

Maine
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Fun time with family Not enough bathrooms Needed one more staff member to explain what to do at the start A little loud during story time Overall great

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Thank RoboMainer
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We agree about the noise and on Sunday totally changed how we did storytime.The only solution to our bathroom problem once the town turns off the water and we have to winterize our big restroom facility would be to bring in port-a-potties. Our guess is that you probably rather wait in line! Merry Christmas... More 

Clarksville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Great ride on the train -- inside and out! What fun our group had listening to the "conductor" and enjoying a short trip back into the past! A look into the museum was fun with train paraphernalia as well as some good food! Would love to go back and see everything again and take another ride on the train!

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Thank Marty M
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip into the past! More 

Milwaukee
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80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Went mid-week in October - train was not running (probably due to lack of customers - only 1 other couple seemed to be visiting). Still had a nice time walking around exploring the old building. In particular they have a nice collection of tractors, old cars and fire fighting equipment. Very nice model railroad on grounds as well

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Thank MilwaukeeCraig
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit even without the steam-train ride! More 

New Rochelle, New York
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76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Great vendors, delicious baked goods, and everyone was very friendly. Everything was reasonably priced and we purchased several crafts and food items. Would definitely go back if we lived closer The Railway village is pretty neat too. It is focused on Maine railroads and may not have been very exciting if it wasn't for the Fall Festival they held that... More 

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

We're glad you had such a good time at the Fall Foliage Festival. We've been doing it for 48 years on Columbus Day weekend so even if you don't get back right away you can always count on it that weekend in Boothbay! More 

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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Attended Boothbay Railway Village, very interesting! Our guide is wonderful, she gave us a lot of interesting informattion. Said normally the RR would have closed, but stayed open and available especially for all the Diamond Tours coming through. Don't miss it when in Maine!:)

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Thank Sue A
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review. We love when the buses come because the passengers often have no idea what to expect here. We hear time and again you might not have stopped on your own but were so glad the Museum was on the tour! Thanks for sharing with others how much you enjoyed your visit! More 

Westbrook, Maine
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

wonderful hosts to teach us about the railway. very interesting experience. They have a great selection of old sleighs..Santa could be envisioned there..

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Thank Carla04092
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting. We're so glad you got beyond just the craft fair and enjoyed the Museum. Our volunteers were great - spending hours giving out maps and encouraging folks to see the exhibits! More 

Holly, Michigan
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Very educational! We had a great time visiting all the buildings filled with history. Loved the old cars and model trains. The steam train ride was fun. Very friendly and enthusiastic lady working in the gift shop! So glad we visited.

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Thank Diazai
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. And it's always wonderful to hear nice things about our staff and volunteers. Please come back and see us again! More 

Santa Rosa, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I took their one on one two hour instruction and operation of their steam locomotive with Brian, the Chief Engineer. If your interested in railroad and steam locomotive operations you will find this a very interesting and educational experience. For more information visit the Events section of their web site and go to the Engineer’s Society section.

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Thank Bob H
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Bob, thanks so much for posting a review! Brian had a great time with you as well. Thanks again for forwarding that steam ship information! More 

Fremont, Ohio
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Stopped while on a bus trip. At first, I wasn't thrilled - but enjoyed this stop a lot - especially the train ride! Also enjoyed seeing the model trains and antique car collection. Definitely worth the visit.

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Thank Sunnylas
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

We're glad we changed your mind! More 

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