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Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum

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Address: 1300 9th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602-2413
Phone Number: 814-946-0834
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A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.

A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.

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The museum is kind to allow us to use space for our meetings 7 times a year. If we call ahead, they set out tables and chairs. We make sure we clean up The office staff has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mary R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is kind to allow us to use space for our meetings 7 times a year. If we call ahead, they set out tables and chairs. We make sure we clean up The office staff has been very accommodating and responsive. The sire is always clean and staff helps when we go to tour.

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Thank Mary R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Unlike most rail museums that focus on collecting locomotives and trains cars, the Altoona museum balances their trains with an in depth look at skills, careers and lives of railroaders in America's greatest railroad town. I love it. It is far more educational than one might expect and most of the exhibits are top notch. Unfortunately, some of the interactive... More 

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Thank NKPBerkshire
Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place to check out how trains worked back in the day and how people lived and worked on the railroad. While this is good for adults, it doesn't hold a kids attention. I would like to see more trains they can go on. They had 1 to go on, the rest you could just look at. The roundhouse was... More 

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Thank Tom7070
Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The diorama models and HO layout were outstanding. The recreated bar, home, lab, news stand and shop were very life like The various trade exhibits were a real "trip down memory lane" for me as I had worked in or with those trades in my working career. The only difference in the boiler maker exhibit and today's boiler make is... More 

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Thank HickoryDDoc
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum was o.k. but not as good as I expected.I was mostly dissapointed with the roundhouse,you can't really go into or aboard any trains or cars.The museum at Scranton is much better.I thought it was too much money for all you got also.Air conditioning has been broken for weeks clerk said,not too enjoyable on a 90 degree day.

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Thank cecustard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona, PA is located in one of the former shops of the once massive railroad yard in Altoona. It covers three floors that explain the history of the PRR in Altoona, along with the story of the workers who's livleyhood depended on the railroad. The displays grab your attention and make everything seem to come... More 

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Thank Spencer P
Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a history nut, and a train geek, so I've been to several train museums. That said, this railroad museum is over of the best I've ever been to. Highly engaging, well curated, polished in its presentation of artifacts, informative and interactive, and staffed by sooner of these nicest people around. It's a fine spot, and well worth the trip.

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Thank Jim Q
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a native of Altoona, I truly enjoyed seeing the past history of the PRR. Life size figures with movie at the end wrapping it together. All railroad fans this is a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museam is good for elementary age. My husband was interested in going but I was nervous if our son would be bored. Not at all! We stayed about 75 min. The exhibits were interactive (drawers to open, tools to see and match to pictures that tell what they are, wooden train sets to play with). There was a model... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a huge museum but lots of interesting displays. Given Altoona's railroad history (Horseshoe Curve for example) I would have liked to have seen more rolling stock and locomotives but, hey, it is a rather small town. The "roundhouse" was strange. Some passenger cars (locked up), a small switcher and a rusting GG1 but not a sole around. No one.... More 

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