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Galveston Island Railroad Museum and Terminal

The Strand at 25th, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
409 765 5700
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Ranked #13 of 48 attractions in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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montgomery,tx
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Good mix of model train and historic exhibits of train china and service pieces. It was fun to walk through some of the train cars, and see into others. By late morning it is hot in the cars, so we chose to do the outside first then the indoor exhibits. Model train runs with day and night view, which was... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I had noticed this place when looking down from our cruise cabin before departing. the first palce we went to, (ok, the only place) was the Railroad Museum. While the museum was closed ( there did not open until 11:00 according to the sign) we were able to walk around the outside displays. They were wonderful for a train buff... More

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texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Touring of the trains is very hot so make sure and go during coolest of the day. the inside exhibits are very interesting also

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We enjoyed stepping back in time. I thought the characters spread around the station added great ambience to the experience. Old fashioned telephone booths were a hit with the youngsters! We had some difficulty determining where we were supposed to go to get in. There is free parking behind the museum but you need to go to the other side... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Not to be missed- one of the best railroad museums. Top notch! From the vintage cars in the rail yard to the model train displays - everything was fantastic. I loved the various china patterns on display as well.

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Rosenberg, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The museum has some really great old train cars that you can walk through and experience what it was like to travel in the old days. But be careful that you park in the right place!! The closest parking does NOT belong to the museum and will cost a pretty penny (cash only) to unboot your car

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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We went last Saturday for the morning ride but it was raining and the trains don't run in the rain (huh?) so we just did the museum part. The kids aged 8, 4, and 2 thought it was great and it killed a couple hours until the rain stopped. It was interesting for adults too, but the little ones could... More

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Dallas, TX
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We enjoyed this railroad museum very much. We wished we had more time to look through it all. The only thing I took exception with is that the lady at the gift shop closed early & refused to sell us something my daughter was wanting. There was plenty of time to spare before the place closed. But, we'll go back... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My son loves trains so it does not take much to impress him, but even his younger sibling who is indifferent toward trains had a great time. First it is important to understand that the museum was heavily damaged by the hurricane in 2008 and that $5,000,000 was given from various sources to repair and re-build. There are dozens of... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Enjoyed walking through the cars. Look forward to having more of them restored. The model train could be improved by making the landscape a reflection of a local condition. The display of china and service sets was unusual with an impressive variety and depth in the collection. The museum is in the old art deco style train station which is... More

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