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Boothbay Railway Village

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Address: 586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Boothbay, ME 04537
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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Great place to visit with children

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Allen
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Thank Linda C
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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53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Hilliard, Florida
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68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our bus tour made a short stop here, wish we would have had a little more time. An antique cars and trucks museum, a toy train museum, old homes brought there from different areas to form a village all filled with toys, furniture, items from garages, etc. Old trains and memorabilia all set up on beautiful grounds.

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

We wish you had longer too! Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. Please let your tour leader know how much you like the Museum. More 

Waldorf, Maryland
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

For history or railway lovers, this is a great place to visit. My grands loved it, climbing onto and into old train cars and even riding in a 1930's railway car around the property. Families can stroll around the replica buildings to a one room school house and other buildings that tell the history of the Boothbay region. We had... More 

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

Thanks so much for the great review. We're sorry to hear you thought our gift shop was pricey. We try very hard to have something in every price bracket from post cards, patches and New England-made hard candies for less than a few dollars to beautifully crafted artisan hats, jewelry, blankets, and wooden toys that are more expensive but very... More 

Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

SOOOOO much more than we expected! My wife and I had a great time exploring the many exhibits and displays. The train ride was great and we rode in on the outdoor car and on the way back in the Indoor car. both were fun. lots to see. This museum should definitely be on your list of things to see... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the Museum and the train ride experience. We hope you'll come to see us again! More 

Topsham, Maine
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! I have driven by this place many times and thought it would be fun to take a train ride one day. I had no idea there was so much more! So many wonderful things to see. I still can't believe how many old cars there were (that alone could have made a fantastic visit). One room school house, "toy... More 

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Thank kkravitz22
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Oh boy! What a wonderful gushing review of our awesome staff. Thanks so much for making our day, we were thrilled to see your review. We know we have a bit of an identity crisis since the only thing folks see from Route 27 is the train station and train but we thank you so much for your review which... More 

Vergennes, Vermont
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cute attraction! The train ride around the property was fun, our 22 month old granddaughter was thrilled to wave at everyone we passed! All the little buildings were full of interesting historical pieces. The model train exhibit was fascinating. I was a bit disappointed that the gift shop didn't have more train specific merchandise. Also, feeding the... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review. If you have any suggestions of products for the gift shop do give us a call directly. We'd appreciate the input. More 

Rochester, New Hampshire
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76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Railway Village is beautiful and clean. Everyone is knowledgeable and explains so many interesting facts. A fun place to visit!

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

Gosh. I guess all we can say is "Thank You!" We are so glad you enjoyed your visit so very much! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

If you take the time to read what is presented, rather than quickly blow through the place, you can learn a lot of interesting stuff - as did we.. A variety of exhibits in an approximate 2 hour, compact, (again - if you read and learn rather than run through it) self-guided experience. (Train ride with Guide included as well.)... More 

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Thank Objective-NotPC
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We love our visitor guides and hope that folks like you use them during their visit. We know that many do just come to enjoy a the grounds and the train ride but we are a museum - first and foremost - we exist in order to preserve and interpret the items in our... More 

North chesterfield va
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Allow plenty of time many sites excellent staff old car bldg smelly train ride fun limited rest rooms

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Thank johnaH7335KO
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. I'm guessing you arrived to the Museum with a bus tour. It's true when we have 3 - 5 buses arriving at the same time on Weekday afternoons the Museum's 11 toilets can get crowded, other times there is rarely a wait. And our antique auto exhibit can smell a bit... More 

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