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Address: 1021 Bandana Boulevard East #222, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Phone Number: +1 651-647-9628
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10:00 am - 5:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 5:00 am
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Explore the history of trains in the Twin Cities as well as the hobby of...
Explore the history of trains in the Twin Cities as well as the hobby of modal railroading through interactive layouts in all scales and sizes! Interpretive panels tell the story of model railroading along with many collections of toy trains. Little engineers will enjoy playing with the Thomas wooden and electric layouts while visitors of all ages will love the incredibly detailed toy train layouts!
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A must see for model railroaders

I first saw this display in the 1940's when it was located in the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. It has moved to Bandana Square, and is not too difficult to find. The display... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Ankeny
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I first saw this display in the 1940's when it was located in the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. It has moved to Bandana Square, and is not too difficult to find. The display area is very large. The track is laid and several trains are running at the same time. The scenery is well done but is still... More 

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Brandon J, Public Relations Manager at Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit, we hope you come back and visit us again! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. More 

Greenville, North Carolina
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60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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Brandon J, Public Relations Manager at Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our museum and writing a review! We are glad you had a good visit and we hope to see you again! Be sure to visit on a weekend when both buildings are open! In response to your elevator observation we are happy to report that we actually have two elevators that serve our museum and public... More 

Apple Valley, California
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Brandon J, Public Relations Manager at Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our museum and writing a review! We are glad you had a good visit and we hope to see you again! More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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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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Brandon J, Public Relations Manager at Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our museum and writing a review! We are glad you had a good visit and we hope to see you again! Be sure to visit on a weekend when both buildings are open! More 

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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 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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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 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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Additional Information about Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum

Address: 1021 Bandana Boulevard East #222, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Phone Number: +1 651-647-9628
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 5:00 am
Tuesday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Average Prices: USD 8 - 8

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