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Address: 901 E 15th Street, Plano, TX 75074
Phone Number: 19729412117
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Interurban Railway Museum is strategically located in Plano's Haggard...

The Interurban Railway Museum is strategically located in Plano's Haggard Park and surrounding historic downtown and neighborhood. Amenities such as a playground, picnic tables, a bandstand, and a small pond can be found within the park. Parking is available in the lot immediately adjacent to the museum and the DART rail stop. Museum guests will enjoy a tour of Railway Post Office Car #360, guided by a uniformed rail car motor man. Guests will learn about the rail post office system, discuss period advertising in the train car and learn more about electric rail travel. Guests will also tour the Interurban Railway Museum, learning about regional history in the history room, exploring interactive displays in the science room and experiencing the working "O" scale model train layout and other period artifacts. For those wishing to explore the park and surrounding neighborhood, information is available for a walking tour of the historic area surrounding the museum. Also, be sure to ask about the public art pieces in the neighboring park and the museum's time capsule! Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. the museum offers a children's story time, hosted by professional storyteller Genie Hammel. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Saturday 1 - 5 p.m. Special field trip programs are available upon request.

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Awesome Local Historical Treasure

Despite the lack of nostalgia of 'Historical' Downtown Plano, this small museum is packed with local history! The museum is housed in the original 1908 two-building structure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Plano, Texas
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Plano, Texas
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite the lack of nostalgia of 'Historical' Downtown Plano, this small museum is packed with local history! The museum is housed in the original 1908 two-building structure -- the front building was the depot/waiting area, while the rear brick building housed the generators which provided the electricity to power the train. The museum has numerous historical photos, as well as... More 

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Kearney, MO.
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215 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

It was well done and the station and car outside were beautifully restored. The museum is free but relies on donations which are well deserved. The grand kids really liked the tour of the old interurban mail/coach car. A nice one hour visit next to a very nice historic shopping district.

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Plano, TX
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

A step back in Time. Great to see some Historical vintage memorbilia . The history of the old train is here in the Park in Downtown Plano. There is a fountain & an area to walk. You can see the actual size of this railcar & touch. It is like going back in time.

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Plano, Texas
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We visited in the museum when the Plano International Festival was taking place right next to it. It was a very interesting experience for us and for our kids (ages 4.5 - 19), so I would recommend that to any family. The museum surveys some history of the area and the railroad, and also has some nice demos in the... More 

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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Nice for a quick stop. Lots of history & interesting pictures. Right in downtown Plano. I would recommend allowing an hour to two.

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inkdotwell, Public Relations Manager at Interurban Railway Musuem, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit! Please come see us again soon! More 

plano, United States
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Downtown family fun. Learn of the historic rail line, interactive activities for all ages. A beautiful train to visit and learn of early transportation!

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inkdotwell, Public Relations Manager at Interurban Railway Musuem, responded to this review

We are glad you stopped by to see us! Please come again soon! More 

Plano, Texas, United States
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37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

A gem just at the entrance to Historic Downtown Plano. Enter the rail car and learn the history of railroads in Plano, and Texas. Someone is there to answer your questions; many interesting exhibits. When you're done take the kids to the park just outside the rail car, sit under the gazebo, or have a bite in one of the... More 

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inkdotwell, Public Relations Manager at Interurban Railway Musuem, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by to visit our "gem"! Tell your friends and family about us, and stop by to see us again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Right in the middle of downtown is this train car. It is it's our museum and adjacent is the building that holds more items and diorama type displays from the early days of the railroad here in Texas. You won't need a lot of time but it is nice to take in all the nostalgia. Very interesting history too if... More 

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inkdotwell, Public Relations Manager at Interurban Railway Musuem, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit! Please come see us again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I've visited the museum on multiple occasions, alone and with friends over a period of four years. A few thoughts: MUSEUM: It is not a large museum, but is very immersive, explaining through exhibits not only the way trains at the turn of the century operated, but the history of rail travel, as well as local rail history. It is... More 

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inkdotwell, Public Relations Manager at Interurban Railway Musuem, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled that you enjoy our museum....and that you come back again and again! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Plano, Texas
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

this is a nice way to entertain your little ones. it's free and there is a large playground near the museum. the dart rail is also right there so you could take them on a real train after seeing the models in the interurban railway museum.

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inkdotwell, Public Relations Manager at Interurban Railway Musuem, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to let us know that you enjoyed our museum! Please come see us again soon! More 

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