Toronto Railway Museum
Toronto Railway Museum
3.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Toronto Railway Museum is dedicated to preserving the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Toronto and Ontario. The museum encompasses Roundhouse Park with Stall 17 as the temporary home of the railway simulator and small artifact display. Don Station houses our gift shop and ticket sales for our Miniature Train ride. Explore the grounds to find our interpretive plaques!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: CityPlace
How to get there
  • Union • 9 min walk
  • St. Andrew • 10 min walk
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TheOutsider55
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK210 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We (2 couples) decided to pay a visit to the railway museum as part of a wider trip to Toronto. Based on the old rolling stock outside the museum, we were looking forward to what was on offer inside. As soon as we stepped inside, we knew we had made a mistake. The 10 dollar per person entry fee which had seemed OK beforehand suddenly became a king's ransom. There was a quarter of a large hanger given over to some very lacklustre exhibits - many of which weren't working. There were two carriages to explore but there was really nothing of interest and aside the train simulator (which I think was intended for children but we were scraping the barrel by this point), there was nothing to illuminate what must have been such an important part of the City's history. We challenged the fee but the woman on the desk has probably heard it a thousand times before and was adept at some corporate spiel to try and justify it. We stayed 20 minutes max and that was with making every effort to try and see beyond the dully displayed information. 40 dollars for 20 minutes. Definitely not worth it and what a missed opportunity to create something of interest and even excitement for the many people who love trains and train history. Stick to looking at the trains outside if you do go (it's fee) and enter at your own peril ...
Written January 15, 2022
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Walter Gramiak
Pittsford, NY6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
The outdoor train roundhouse and exhibits were interesting and well done. However, when I entered the small door at stall 17 which was advertised with a sign as the actual train museum I got quite a shock. After paying $10 and entering, I soon realized that this was just a very small room with only a few train artifacts. It was basically a room used to trap tourists into paying $10 each. I requested a refund and only after enduring arguments that I should pay because I had already seen the whole museum, even though it was tiny and contained nothing much of consequence. This was obviously a ploy to extract $10 from unknowing tourists to pay for seeing the trains on display on the outside the museum. It is very dishonest and the organization which devised this setup should be embarrassed by the trickery.
Written May 6, 2022
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Joe S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We decided to wait in line for the Railway Museum and we were completely disappointed once we got inside. There were only few pictures on the walls and half a rail car to explore after you get inside. In addition, you have to pay $1 for a mask if you don’t bring one. (Not stated on the entrance) We immediately demanded our money back. Please don’t waste your time here.
Written July 10, 2022
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Donnell A
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Nothing and I mean nothing to see at this "museum".

14 dollars for a "museum" you can view from the front door. Photos, some old china, and some poorly researched and displayed wall displays.

Restorations? Another joke. This place is not capable of handling and or "restoring" railroad equipment.

The environment? A bunch of yuppie breweries and restaurants in a historic railroad building.

The hotel room I booked is larger than this "museum". Outdoors? A poor "collection" of locomotives and rolling stock.

The only attraction at this "museum" is the CN 6213, which I'm told has zero public access beyond the chain fence erected 10-15 feet around it. No way to inspect the locomotive close up or even take a half decent photo. So if you are a railfan, railroader, or someone with more than a passing interest in trains, locomotives, or railroading history, this is NOT the place for you.

The two girls who I guess act as museum "staff" are worthless.

I should've read these reviews before making the drive, paying for parking, and walking to this "museum". The city of Toronto and Canada in general should be embarrassed calling this 10' x 8.5' room a "railroad museum".

Would NOT recommend.
Written February 29, 2024
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TorontoMusicman
Toronto1,093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A small museum displaying railroad memorabilia. there is a larger outdoor display that does not require an admission ticket.
Steam Whistle Brewery is next door as well as a restaurant run by the brewing company.
Written January 4, 2023
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Doug L
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The best part was riding to the miniature train even though it only took 6-8 minutes.
The museum was tiny. It would have been far better if there was more to see. I would not say it was worth the trip all the way downtown. It is not an easy place to get to. The turntable with a train on it was interesting. You can see the entire place in well under 1 hour.
Written November 18, 2022
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines12,951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Just fronting the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium is an outdoor exhibit with displays of railroad cars and locomotive engines. Liked that they charge nothing for this museum , and that it somehow retain its previous history and heritage . I noticed however that the indoor portion was closed . Is it because of winter. But I loved strolling around and taking photos .
Written March 1, 2020
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic7,112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This museum is located just below the CN Tower. There are a lot of outdoor exhibits in the Roundhouse Park and it is free to walk there. It is definitely worth a visit even if you are not a big train lover.
Written January 9, 2020
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PeterCarolynn
Milles Isles, Canada44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
Very cool that they have housed this is the old switching station. Don't just look at the articles on display... (although they are displayed very nicely). Take a good look at the interior of the building itself. Beautifully built, there is still the soot marks on the ceiling from the old train smoke stacks. The train simulator was very interesting and it took quite a few minutes before we could figure out how to get the train going! They also have a mini train set for kids to play with and that was nice for the 5 year old we could read the other details of exhibits. We are looking forward to returning to see the restoration of the "Nova Scotia" car. We sincerely hope the city or province will fund their restorations and expansions.
Written October 10, 2015
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Karen5679
Mississauga, Canada150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
While waiting for our Steam Whistle Brewery Tour (highly recommended, see my review) we walked around the Toronto Railway Museum. I was impressed with how interactive it was, being able to get right up on the trains and take pictures. We also went to the old Don Station and paid the minimal fee to ride the train around the area. I thought this would be a ridiculous thing to do as an adult but I was actually really impressed. Great views of the CN Tower, just a nice 5 or 6 minute ride around.
Written October 13, 2015
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