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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: +1 651-647-9628
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10:00 am - 5:00 am
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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
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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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Surprise visit! It was so interesting

My wife surprised me with a visit here. ( I love trains) and we got there a little late but still had fun. Plan on a couple hours at least and more time if it's summer time. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Steve D
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife surprised me with a visit here. ( I love trains) and we got there a little late but still had fun. Plan on a couple hours at least and more time if it's summer time. We went in the bitter cold of January and rode the train but I could've walked around outside for a long time if... More 

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Farmington, Minnesota
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

This is a great venue to bring your family if your kids (including those 30+ ones too!) Love trains. It is highly recommended going after dark during th Holiday season as the trains are themed and lit up with Holiday lights and messages. You can even stop in and see Santa during specified times. It is very popular this time... More 

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

Jason, thanks for your visit to the museum and your great review! We hope to see you back again soon! More 

Maple Grove, Minnesota
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

My dad, myself and my son (3) went to the museum today and had a great time. The detail put into these model cities was incredible. On the walls were vintage city photographs depicting the rail lines years ago and the model did a great job replicating that. My son was able to also play with trains hands-on in one... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review of the museum! We are glad you had a great trip to see the layouts and play with the trains. Come back and visit again soon! More 

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75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

My 4 year old grandson who is a big time train fan and I spent the morning at the museum. We had a wonderful time and he really enjoyed the size and variety of the layouts. Of course his favorite part was the layout where he could operate the train. A very enjoyable morning

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

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you had a great experience. We hope to see you again soon! More 

St Paul, Minnesota USA
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We took our young grandson here today and was very surprised at just how wonderful this place is !....If you are a resident of St. Paul or Mpls ..you will have an even greater appreciation for the time and thought that went into building this.. It took over five years to build it to what it contains today, and continues... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the museum! We have been in the Twin Cities since 1934 and hope to bring joy to kids of all ages for another 81 years! More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota, Usa
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I have no interest in trains, but my spouse does. We went after visiting another area in the building. We had no idea of the cost to get in. But we did learn that the weekend night visits could be cool, they offer a special Saturday night program. I guess for old or extremely young, it could be fun..

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

Well, not everyone one is a train fan for sure. But then again we don't hide what we are about either! :) The museum has been a work in progress for 81 years, everything on the Bandana layout is made from scratch including all the historic Twin Cities landmarks. It's truly a labor of love. Sorry you were disappointed but... More 

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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

If you ever find yourself in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area looking for something to do, I would highly recommend making a stop here! The former railroad shops the museum is housed in are amazing on their own. There are 2 different exhibit areas the main building has the very large, very highly detailed 2 rail o scale layout of the... More 

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

Thank you for such a great review. Our museum has been a local attraction for 81 years and we are constantly finding ways to improve! We appreciate your review! More 

Massachusetts
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A little boys dream! If you have family who grew up in the Twin Cities, this is a must. It is an amazing recreation of 1950s Minnepolis-St. Paul, lovingly created. Wonderful.

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Thank juliaj771
Brandon J, Public Relations Manager at Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for such a great review! It's always great to hear that our museum is important to the community! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a delightful place to spend some time with a favorite child ~ or adult~ if you enjoy model trains. Special exhibits for certain holidays are extra fun. There's a play area near the entrance for little ones to enjoy, with trains of course. Can you say "Thomas"? It'll bring back memories, and make new ones. Clean, well done,... More 

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

We are glad you enjoyed your visit! Come back and visit us on a weekend, our Toy Train Division (open weekends only) has additional play areas. Thanks for the review! More 

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 

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