Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)

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Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)

Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hans M
De Meern, The Netherlands78 contributions
We spent an afternoon in this museum expeciting it would offer enough for kids of all ages, but this was not true. Our grandson is almost three, which means he is too young for almost all features. Even the special small train for small kids was not suitable, since children ride the train with only one person driving it, and that person is not able to handle kids when they stand up in the train.
Other rides (like the metal monsters) were supposed to be operational after 13.00, but were closed and dark, without any notice of a reason.

The coffee shop was OK, although a bit pricey. The small souvenir shop next to it is an absolute rip-off: toys are on display on kids-level, so children will wonder in and pick their own souvenirs. Only for the grandparents to discover that the little 10cm large wooden toy costs 32 Euro's! Try to explain that to an almost three year old.
Written January 26, 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,815 contributions
The Spoorweg Museum is located in Utrecht and is a short walk from the city centre. NS also run an hourly service from Utrecht Centraal which is worth getting if you are in the right place at the right time.

The booking office is the place to get tickets and is a very grand affair which has been beautifully restored.

There are a wide variety of Dutch trains to see including carriages and locomotives as well as electric multiple units. When I visited there was a mail exhibition which was very interesting. There are lots of interactive exhibits both upstairs and downstairs including the train technology college which has lots of practical things to play with.

There is a miniature railway running around outside and there is a cafe and a well stocked gift shop selling things for railway fans of different ages.

The staff were all really friendly and helpful and answered any questions I had.
Written July 23, 2022
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands6,706 contributions
The last time I was here, was probably more than 10 years a go. The museum has seen some big changes and refurbishment since. The train collection has moved a bit to the background; the museum now primarily focusses on children. And on a Saturday you can expect a lot of them. Including prams and strollers. Although not everything is accessible. Also new are some attractions and the rides, which were fun. But as a railway enthusiast, my main reason visiting was for the train collection, some of them are part of the heritage fleet of Dutch Railways.

All in all we had a nice visit and will certainly come back when our son is older. If you are coming by car, due take in to consideration that pay and display in the neighbourhood is €4,27 per hour (2020), so if you are planning to stay longer than two hours, the museum porking lot (€9,50 for they day) is the cheaper option.
Written February 29, 2020
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FedupPaul
Liverpool, UK46 contributions
Excellent museum with a wide range of exhibits and exhibitions, and special talks about some of the exhibits - note the times on the boards next to them.
Some impressive rooms designed for exhibits so worth joining the queue to get into the Great Discovery.
There is a cafe. The toilets are spotlessly clean.
Short guide booklet available in English.
A bit too focused on young children, which can also enjoy special play areas outside.
An enjoyable day out for all ages. Wear comfortable footwear as it's a big museum.

Due to covid-19 you currently need to book a ticket in advance of your visit - via the website. You have an arrival time, so they can manage entry.
Written August 8, 2020
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Roel D
Halen, Belgium14 contributions
Family
If it’s crowded turn back. Valuing profit over customer experience they don’t limit access to the museum so everything is overcrowded so you can’t actually do anything without spending hours waiting. This ha become more Disneyland than a museum.
Written January 3, 2020
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dgraham76
Hyde, UK1,270 contributions
Friends
This was a 5 minute brisk walk from where I was staying and was a reasonable entry price
There were some good unusual moving holograms inside suitcases, many trains of different quality,sizes and age.
Some of these were outdoor, telling you what travel was like and nay be like in future.
An interactive quiz and moving parts section for people and kids.
A few good interactive experiences including two sit in rides which were good and the usual gift shop.also a section of aelakway above the trains for good photos
Written March 31, 2022
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Forrest C
Greensboro, NC34 contributions
We were planning on going to Rotterdam, but it was a rainy day and we were pretty tired, so we went to the Railway Museum instead. It was pretty awesome! Just when we thought we had seen it all, there was more to see. We arrived very early and watched as the day went on as the museum started to fill with parents and their children. Seeing the young ones react to the trains became as enjoyable as seeing the trains themselves.
Written January 10, 2020
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nldogbert
Eindhoven, The Netherlands3,075 contributions
This is located outside of the centre of Utrecht which is easily accessible via a special train to the museum or other public transportation option. I visited this place some time ago - it is closed in current lockdown. However when it's open, it is a fun place for both train fanatics and children - lots of activities are organized.
Written March 22, 2021
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Paul R
Wells, UK664 contributions
Friends
Excellent day out well worth going to see, cost €17.50 per adult and €9.50 for parking, easy to get too we drove in plenty of parking. Loads to see and do some of the experiences are all in Dutch but most are self explanatory though.

Loads of trains to see and they change them regularly so what is in the book you get is not necessarily what is in the yard.

Very clean, staff helpful and free wi-fi and places to eat.

Would we visit again, yes most likely.
Written May 4, 2022
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headbeeguy
Aberdeen, UK1,118 contributions
This is an excellent, spacious museum suitable for all the family. When i visited it had a Winter Festival with an ice rink. However, there was plenty of exhibits available all year round. You can take a soecial train to get here from the centre of town.
There is planty of old rolling stock outside including a wagon used in the Holocaust. This is very moving, even among the busy and colourful tracks and trains. It is difficult to beleive how many people were crammed into each train.
There are also displays of model trains and plenty of vintage posters advertising the Railway. The main building is a refurbished station with Fisrt to Third Class waiting areas. It is very impressive.
A good place to spend a few hours.
Written March 29, 2020
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