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Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum

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Address: 1021 Bandana Boulevard East #222, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Phone Number: (651) 647-9628
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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For Kids of All Ages

This museum is composed mainly of a huge train layout with enough detail and action to delight any visitor. I was told that the layout took 20 years to build, and that most of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Greenville, North Carolina
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Greenville, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This museum is composed mainly of a huge train layout with enough detail and action to delight any visitor. I was told that the layout took 20 years to build, and that most of the structures were built from scratch. For those with more of an interest in history, there are photographs with information lining the walls. Wooden train play... More 

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Apple Valley, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

If you like O scale trains or toy trains in general this is worth your time! The layout shows some cool Minneapolis landmarks and lots of trains operating at the same time.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We took our grand kids here and they just loved it. They were able to drive the trains and interact with the trains. One place you just watch the trains and the other you get to run them. This was a fun place for everyone. We will go back.

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98 reviews 98 reviews
32 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I am old enough to remember meeting my aunt from Texas arriving on the Old Milwaukee terminal, downtown Minneapolis. I have also taken the Empire Builder out west several times. Our adopted granddaughter has a fascination for trains so we took her to the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum in Bandana Square, St Paul right off Energy Park Drive east... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Took the grandkids for "night trains" and then over to the second building to see all of the other layouts. Really a great experience for them. Since it's run largely by volunteers, it has a nice family feel to it. The big layout in the main building is as good as you'll see anywhere. Bravo!!

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Peru, Illinois
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161 reviews 161 reviews
93 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

After visiting the Minnesota Zoo down in Apple Valley I wanted to give this place a try. I was expecting trains but there were lots of them running and on display. It's in what appears to be a renovated old railroad station/warehouse and you wouldn't expect this place to be here. Everything was done in great detail from the trees... More 

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West Fargo, North Dakota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My husband, the train buff, had heard about this place from a friend. We almost gave up trying to find the big model train layout location. It's in a building that appears to be entirely occupied by a medical clinic. We walked around the entire building and finally on the east side was a sign padlocked to a pole that... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Just wanted to check it out and it was worth taking my 3 year old to.He loved it.Myself would not have went there myself, but if a person is into that sort of thing it is pretty neat. The staff was very helpful, and even will probably get my dads old train set out(its is more than likely 60 years... More 

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Winnipeg
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89 reviews 89 reviews
47 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I've reviewed this attraction before, but I didn't visit the place during the weekend, when they open up their other building. Yes, they have another building right across from their original site, and it has trains, trains and more trains! It is truly toy train heaven! I lost count of how many separate layouts they have in there. It's somewhere... More 

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Williston, ND
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We liked the model display. The train display was huge. My son and I collect trains and thought they'd have more of the old train stuff for sales. We disliked the cost was a little high for the amount of time we spent there.

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