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Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum

Address: 1021 Bandana Boulevard East #222, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Phone Number: (651) 647-9628
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Ranked #17 of 50 Attractions in Saint Paul
Type: Museums
Attraction details
Type: Museums
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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English first
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
49 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My kids are train obsessed. So this was the perfect place to spend an afternoon. One building packed full of all sizes of running model trains. It will be a regular for our family.

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Twin Cities, MN, USA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This was the last night of the Night Trains run; it was my first time experiencing it. Loved it! There was a nice mix of simple and detailed displays, and even someone not overly familiar with model trains (like me) can enjoy everything. I also watched a mini train repair lesson from one of the volunteers - he was great... More 

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Southern California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

If you love all the old Lionel toy trains than this place is for you. the people there are all volunteers, and they love what they are doing. They will take the time to spend with you and talk, and share all their knowledge... and they have a wealth of knowledge! It is not a real big place but we... More 

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