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The Great Overland Station

701 N. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608
785-232-5533
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Ranked #16 of 23 Attractions in Topeka
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

While I enjoyed my time at the museum, I want to disclose that it wasn't until I got through the front door that I noticed the "no photographing any artifacts" sign. They were okay with photos of the building, its structures, the architecture, but none of the very interesting things related to railroading. This was almost a deal-breaker for me,... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The people there were very nice but in all honesty, there isn't a lot to see here. There is a nice train set at the entrance but that's about it in regards to "fun" things. The renovation work they have done is amazing but you can only look at that for so long. The price is a bit much for... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It was very nice to visit a place that used to be so full of life with people traveling here and there. You can almost see and hear them! Another notable feature is the high water marks shown that occurred during the 1951 flood.

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St. Thomas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We were given a great tour by a very well informed gentleman. He was great. Lot's of info and history. I hope the new outside station exhibit goes well. All the best to the supporters of this museum.

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Topeka, Kansas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

The renovation to this buiding is fabulous. It a great place to hold meetings, conferences or wedding receptions. The area outside is nicely lit at night and beautiful with all the flags flying. The staff will answer any questions you may have and has a list of vendors they work with if you are in need of catering. Highly recommend... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I come here often and enjoy the architecture and rich history here. This is also a wonderful place for weddings and parties, especially the photo ops out in the courtyard.

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Topeka, Kansas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Located just north of downtown Topeka, the Great Overland Station is a vast building that offers a variety for a few hour visit. There are exhibits for children, including a train engineer simulator (non-functional), and permanent displays. There is also an area designated for traveling exhibits which caters to those with different interests. While it sounds cheesy, the only way... More

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Washington Nc
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93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The train station is not only great for train history fans but it also great for Western, Kansas and American history fans. The Building itself is beautifully restored and allows you to let your imagination take over and travel back in time to this station's prime. I also learned about the History of the Harvey girls. Staff is very helpful... More

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This train station has been lovingly restored and would appeal to any train buffs or people interested in the history of the local area. When I went there was a small exhibition about famous wild west figures whose lives were also connected to Kansas in some way - Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickock and others. Having a family connection... More

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Austin, Texas
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45 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We had to do a quick tour on our way out of town and our guide did an excellent job hitting the highlights of the station. Beautifully restored with nice exhibits. You could spend about an hour so. We had also seen the restored Union Station in Omaha and this is another great Union Pacific building.

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