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Jackson Street Roundhouse

193 Pennsylvania Ave East, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651 228 0263
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Ranked #15 of 54 Attractions in Saint Paul
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The state's first maintenance location for the railroad now houses quite a museum
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The state's first maintenance location for the railroad now houses quite a museum

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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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My husband is wild about trains and this is a great place. We rode the caboose and had a docent led tour of the area where they reconstruct the old engines and refurbish the rail cars, all by volunteers. They even have a blacksmith shop on the grounds built with the blacksmithing guild to provide a learning space to keep... More 

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Vacaville, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Visited here in the afternoon, before going to see Garrison Keillor downtown at the Fitzgerald Theater. There isn't a lot of stuff on display museum-style, but there are a number of interactive things. These include a sort of locomotive simulator, where you can sit at a control panel like a real locomotive and operate the controls, while looking at a... More 

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The museum is quite informational on the height of the stream engines. Many original train cars to walk through and appreciate the transporation of the past. Interesting artifacts and photographs to view. Kids will like the 10 minute train ride down the tracks. Good family fun (for 90 minutes) and close to Banada Square's train museum.

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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194 reviews 194 reviews
65 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The Jackson Street Roundhouse is awesome and our grandsons love it. It took us a while to get there because the main road to the roundhouse is under construction but after we arrived we were delighted with everything the museum has to offer. We got to ride on a real train, see amazing old trains that had been lovingly restored... More 

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WI
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The museum was set up really nice, didn't have to worry about the kids falling or jumping off of display trains. There were several areas for the kids to play with train toy sets and a simulated train conductor experience. The museum was rather warm, so I'm assuming they have no air conditioning. The staff was very friendly and helpful.... More 

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Manorville, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Easy to find. Staff was very helpful. Exhibits were not massive - just enough to give you a good idea of the rail experience. Open spaces, not cramped, although the lighting could have been a little better. Outside there were different rail cars waiting to be restored. Make sure you look at the old Greyhound buses - can't go in... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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