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Boothbay Railway Village

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Address: 586 Wiscasset Rd, Route 27, Boothbay, ME 04537-4627
Phone Number: +1 207-633-4727
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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We invite you to travel back in time to vintage Vacationland with us....

We invite you to travel back in time to vintage Vacationland with us. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an vintage steam or diesel locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a collection of 60 antique autos. When you visit the Museum you'll learn about how technologies like steam engines and the automobile changed life along the coast of Maine between 1850 and 1950. In addition to the opportunity to ride in a vintage coach behind a vintage locomotive, the Museum also occasionally offers rides in one of our Ford Model Ts. Two of our most popular attractions are the resident goats who delight visitors of all ages with their antics. From a display of hundreds of salt & pepper shakers to a collection of engines that powered everything from small boats to whole factories, there truly is something for everyone in your family here. Throughout the season a wide variety of special events are hosted on the Village Green from vintage ball games to car shows and family festivals. The Museum is also a unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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Step back and see the past

We started out with a ride on a steam powered railroad and then toured the buildings leisurely with no crowds. Their antique cars, a laarge model railroad and many building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Johns1776
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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my two daughters 3 and 6 to the railway village and went on a quick train ride and saw the antique cars and model trains and fed some goats. Staff was great and very friendly but the overall place was just average. We had a nice time killing some time with little ones but there wasn't anything I would... More 

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Thank John C
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks you for visiting and for posting a review. We're sorry to hear we didn't leave a stronger impression with you and your family. More 

Ambler, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We started out with a ride on a steam powered railroad and then toured the buildings leisurely with no crowds. Their antique cars, a laarge model railroad and many building showing how people lived and work in the past.

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Thank Johns1776
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Museum and for taking the time to post a review. More 

New York
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116 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quaint place to spend a couple of hours. Ride the old train, tour the recreated village and check out the vintage cars (a couple dating to the 19th century).

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Thank KManNewYork
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We thought we should clarify for others that might read your review that you likely are referring to our railroad cars or coaches when you say 19th century. We do also have cars/automobiles that are quite early but the oldest is 1902. Either way we are glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Bristol, Vermont
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53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not that into old cars, but I have to say that I really enjoyed the antique car exhibit. The museum has a huge garage full of antique cars in pristine condition. We got to the museum as soon as they opened, so it was not yet crowded. My friend and I were the only ones in the antique... More 

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Thank Rebecca T
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for posting your review. We are so glad you liked the Museum and had a great experience with our docents. We hope you'll return again soon! More 

Burlington, Vermont
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum village features various antique items from 1850-1950. I was impressed by the quality of the presentations. The docents were top-notch. We were there at a non-busy time and received a personal tour of the antique cars. The docent was incredibly knowledgable. Many old buildings are open for exploration-all beautifully restored and maintained. The village is if modest size.... More 

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Thank BAT416
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Oh my gosh. Thanks so much for your review. Our docents are amazing and we are so glad to see them included in your review. I'll also be sure to pass along your praise to our hardworking buildings & grounds crew. If you like our exhibits now we think you'll love what we have planned for the future. Come again! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun festival. A cool spot for history buffs, so when they added the local breweries we were in! Entertained the grandparents with the old cars and us grandchildren with all the beer reps. It was such a fun and dynamic way of getting a brewery tour for a non-local. Definitely worth visiting this festival!

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Thank Lindsay C
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review of our favorite event day - Rails, Tails & Ales! So glad everyone in your family had fun. Next year we are planning some new twists! Come back again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited just a little over a week ago and we are glad we did. The Railway Village is full of history and has lots of exhibits to go back in time. My son loved the model railroad and the antique automobile exhibit. The 2 resident goats are always happy to see the visits as well (or try to chew on... More 

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Thank Justyna30
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much fro your review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit so much. Coal and Tender sure are naughty little goats. They have also been known to escape from their pen, jump on our backs while feeding them and other such antics. We're sorry about your shirt! More 

Newport, Rhode Island
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The day we went had the steam locomotive running otherwise it is a diesel and it great fun riding the train. The antique car museum was first rate and the village that showed how life was over a hundred years ago. The only downside that there is no cafe/restaurant on site so we found a cafe two miles up Route... More 

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Thank littlerhodey2016
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We're glad you brought up food service. We do have drinks and snacks in the gift shop and we welcome picnickers. For those that want to enjoy a sit down meal we are always happy to help direct you to something nearby and welcome you back for more fun and learning after your lunch.... More 

Allen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

They have something for everyone! Train ride around the property, old cars, old farm equipment, restored church, school & home to look at, goats, etc. Also, the people who work there are very friendly.

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Great family spot. Young teens and kids will enjoy this. If you like history adults will enjoy also. Train ride, old trains you can climb on and houses to walk through. Great antique cars to look at. Model railroad display..

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Thank Boxman43
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We are so glad you had a good time and so grateful that you are willing to share your experience with others! More 

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