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Jackson Street Roundhouse

193 Pennsylvania Ave East, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651 228 0263
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Ranked #16 of 63 attractions in Saint Paul
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: The state's first maintenance location for the railroad now houses quite a museum
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A bit pricey $34 for two adults and a child), but goes to a good cause, maintaining irreplaceable artifacts of railroad history. A short ride in a vintage caboose is included as part of the tour. Good background of transportation in the Twin Cities. Like to see more of the vintage cars stored in the yard as well as more... More

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Washington, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The Jackson Street Roundhouse is way cool. From the inside displays to the outside ones, including turntable. One of the best in the entire U.S. Love to dedication of the staff too.

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Mauston, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is a great museum for any railroad fans of any age. There are tons of hands on activities. The caboose rides are short but fun for kids while the rest of the museum is fine for adults. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable. This is a real old fashioned working roundhouse.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My kids (3, 6, 9) have been train obsessed since birth. This was a special treat for them to visit here. All the staff were so patient and accommodating with my little group. So much hands on learning for all ages. And a train driving simulator! I had to drag them out.

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Hampton, Minnesota
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95 reviews 95 reviews
45 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My nephews (5,8,9,&11) loved it here! We had to DRAG them out!! Inside are many trains/cars open to explore. There are also interactive displays (they loved the train engine simulator). For the younger kids there are a bunch of Thomas play tables too. Outside are cars to explore and they give REAL train rides (you can ride in the engine... More

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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97 reviews 97 reviews
51 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

From the outside, this place looks like a deserted, run down building, especially when the parking lot is empty. However, we ventured in and found a very interesting, hands-on museum. We really enjoyed the exhibits and the kids found plenty to check out. The staff and volunteers went out of their way to help and provide information. There was also... More

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New York City, New York
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112 reviews 112 reviews
15 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Due to the limited schedule of this museum, it took me years to get here. Finally did it with mixed feelings. I am a railroad buff that enjoys seeing older equipment, both nicely restored and untouched. The building is full of history. Artifacts (mostly railroad related) are well marked complete with stories explaining the displays. Historic passenger rail cars, a... More

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London, England
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326 reviews 326 reviews
160 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

One of the most complete Roundhouses that I've had the pleasure to visit and what a pleasure it was to visit this wonderful establishment. This a Railfans' delight with many examples of locomotives from different eras and other memorabilia. The entrance fee includes a short Caboose ride hauled by a Switcher which the kids seemed to enjoy and, as far... More

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Savage, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Retired engineers and a real ride in a locomotive make it memorable! Dining and sleeper cars to tour.

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Twin Cities, MN
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This site, opearated by the Minnesota Historical Society, offers many hands-on exhibits inside a working railway roundhouse and maintenance facility. While no longer used for commercial rail, this facility houses several different generations of locomotive, a pullman car, electric rail locomotive, cabooses, and exhibits from the rich railroad history of Minnesota. This museum is self-guided, so its up to you... More

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