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Wilmington Railroad Museum

505 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
910-763-2634
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Ranked #16 of 38 attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The Wilmington Railroad Museum is located in an 1880s Atlantic Coast Line Railroad warehouse and is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of... more »
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East Syracuse, New York
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219 reviews 219 reviews
120 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Through the use of words, photos & models the history of Wilmington's railroad is explained. A large number of glass cases are filled with railroad items, stories about the Atlantic Coast Line. African-Americans contributions and the American civil war. There uniforns, & the inportance of the telegraph. In the Model Hall are a large number of different operating scale model... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We popped into the museum and found it to be full of all the old fashioned train sets we remembered as kids. I enjoyed looking at all the nostalgic displays from a simpler time, especially the details of the old carnival rides and cars. Kids of all ages would enjoy this museum.

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BMWEIFW
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was a fun experience for the kids and their grandfather. There are historical exhibits as well as a play room for the kids. They loved climbing in the caboose and train cars. Seemed a bit pricey perhaps though as smaller kids find limited appeal.

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VA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Overall we enjoyed seeing the trains, but though there would be a bit more for the price. I would not go again for the price, but I could see how someone who loves model trains might think the price was worth it.

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Durham, North Carolina
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329 reviews 329 reviews
196 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We have been to train museums that have actual trains in them. This museum is very small so I knew it wouldn't be like that but I expected more than just toy trains. Most of them weren't even working at the time we were there. The outside displays were OK like the freight-hoppers being caught, an old engine, and the... More

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Hickory, NC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Had some time to kill and saw the Railroad Museum so decided to give it a whirl. Some very nice exhibits inside and a caboose and old engine outside, but what revives the little kid in you is the huge model railroad layout, currently the Guinness world record holder for the largest layout of its kind. Cost was $9 each... More

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Elyria, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The admission fee of $8.00 for Seniors is reasonable. The museum has a good display of antique toy trains, a top flight HO layout, featuring this area, a short historical section -- focused on the ACL and the Civil War. Some outside rolling stock completes it. There is a good kid section.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We went on a locals day and were happy with what we saw. The museum is for kids and adults. We liked the train cars the most.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is a great little museum! It is packed with historic artifacts and really neat model trains that fill a room with tracks and different landscapes/cityscapes. For those of us who grew up here, it is neat to learn how important the railroads were to Wilmington. There is also a real caboose outside to explore which was a treat because... More

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Punta Gorda
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We stayed within 2 blocks of the museum. It is not a huge museum like the B&O in Baltimore, more of a quaint museum. No one would be disappointed visiting it.

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