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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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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First-class railroad museum in every way

A must-see before or after going to the Horseshoe Curve, the museum is extremely well-done and entertaining. We spent hours fascinated by the exhibits and remarkable artifacts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jeff N
Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must-see before or after going to the Horseshoe Curve, the museum is extremely well-done and entertaining. We spent hours fascinated by the exhibits and remarkable artifacts, and came away vowing to return in the future as we didn't even see everything there is to see. Highly recommended and well worth the admission fee.

Thank Jeff N
Suffern, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's amazing to think that Altoona was the largest Railroad building and repairing place, at one time, in all of the USA! This museum does a great job of bringing that home, and showing all about what Railroad life was like then. There's lots to see inside, outside, and in the roundhouse! I'm glad that we went! We went here... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We toured this after seeing the Horseshoe Curve. We bought a ticket that covered both. Great museum. Can you believe, Altoona once had 17,000 employees in the railroad (Pennsylvania Railroad), the largest in the country (and perhaps the largest facility in the world at one point in time). Horseshoe Curve is now owned and operated by Norfolk Southern. Exciting to... More 

Thank Precocious
Lafayette, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For us the real joy of railroad museums is in the rolling stock. This place has a very long way to go in order for it to attract us back. Compared with the B&O museum in Baltimore it comes off very badly. It was not worth either the time or effort it took to visit Altoona.

Thank MisterBuster
Charlestown, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great little place to see some of Altoona's oldest full size trains in both restored and original shape.

Thank Keith W
Patton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice for children have Thomas the tank engine set-up for 3rd floor-museums for adults and gift shop-well informed representatives

Thank oceantraveler06
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were just looking for something different to do and we went to Horseshoe Curve and bought the 2-for-1 deal and went to the museum. It is very informative and interesting. Lots of displays and lots of information that you never would have even thought was connected to railroading!!

Thank Oona R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice museum. Free to tour but the gift shop is really expensive. Plan to take about 2 hours to see everything if your a person who loves to read every placard. Great overview of life from the 20's to present.

Thank Joseph C
Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum was a nice visit but I was disappointed with the static train exhibits in the yard and roundhouse. The displays inside the building and the short movies are very nice. The three floors of the museum tell a nice story of railroading in general and Altoona specifically. There is lots to see and it is nicely displayed. The... More 

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a few hours here on a Saturday morning in August with a group of friends. It is an excellent presentation of the history and function of America's railroads, the Pennsylvania Railroad in particular. The displays are all very well executed, and include many interactive components. Be sure to start off with the two films shown in the first... More 

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