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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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Lovely old village preserving the past! Not for die-hard railfans though. Lots of walking so don't pair with the gardens

This was a stop on our rail tour of New England and in this respect, it did not meet our expectations. It is only a tiny preserved line that had to run around the grounds... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Trinidad
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666 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 436 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a stop on our rail tour of New England and in this respect, it did not meet our expectations. It is only a tiny preserved line that had to run around the grounds twice in what felt more like a Disney kids ride than a proper heritage train experience. If you are a true rail fan I’m afraid... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Our purpose-built, demonstration train ride is certainly not equal to some of the superior excursion rides available in New England including Conway Scenic and Mt. Washington Cog. It was built purely to allow visitors the opportunity to experience one aspect of life at the turn of the twentieth century that... More 

Mercer, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We love places that will allow us to bring our bassets and this is one of them. They helped is get them on the train and as we rode around they had as much fun as we did looking at all the old trains and cars. After that we walked around the entire village, took many pictures and the whole... More 

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

I was out of the office the afternoon you visited but I have seen dozens of pictures of your gang of rescued bassets. Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to post a review. We do love dogs!!! More 

Claremont, New Hampshire
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

This beautifully run village is a lot more than meets the eye from the road. In addition to the charming 1934 steam locomotive that runs the passenger train, there are buildings with artifacts from a bygone era. The building with 60 antique cars and firetrucks is not to be missed! Each building is staffed with VERY knowledgeable volunteers who make... More 

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review especially your compliments of our staff and volunteers. We think they are pretty darn awesome too! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Visited with my dad and had a ride on the rail bus and walked around the antique autos which are first rate vehicles. Great place.

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

Thank so much for visiting and for taking the time to write a review. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

It was a gray and rainy day but they were running the steam engine so we stopped by and stayed awhile. Not only is there a short but very pleasant train ride with a very friendly crew, but the model train exhibit was first class and Maine themed. We walked around the displays of old Maine buildings, said hello to... More 

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

Thanks so much for writing a review and for taking a chance on us! We hear the story time and again that folks aren't quite sure about us from the road but once inside we generally win you over! More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

We were staying in Southport Island as part of a road trip from the UK and were looking for places to visit and passed this museum on a family funday weekend. It truly made our day. The steam train was brilliant and the driver very helpful. We spent over 2 hours in the museum and could have spent so much... More 

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

So glad you found us! We know we have other bigger, newer attractions nearby that get more attention but we really are a great place to spend a day and have a meaningful and fun experience with Maine history! More 

Denver, Colorado
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60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

Fun ride on the small trains that used to serve Maine timber industry. Also an excellent model railroad with models of old Portland. Also restored village.

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

Thanks so much for your review! More 

Massillon, Ohio
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This is a wonderful village that contains an operating steam-powered narrow-gauge railroad as well as a re-created historic village and an antique automobile museum. Very nice gift shop.

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

Thanks so much for your review. We especially appreciated the comment about our gift shop. We try very hard to make it a fun experience! More 

Westchester, NY
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Boothbay Railway Village provides a trip back in time-back to when kids didn't need constant sensory overload. Ranging from 1 to 9 my kids loved this place. It's slow paced but fun. The simply joy and pleasure of sitting in an old steam train can't really be explained it has to be lived. The people that work there are more... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We loved what you said about the Museum. The staff and volunteers here all believe it's a very special place too! Thanks for visiting. More 

Indiana
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108 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We were one of three different tour bus at this attraction at the same time. We rode on the narrow gauge rail cars. The museum with the antique cars and machinery was interesting. If I was traveling in a car and saw all those buses I would have passed this by.

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

Thanks so much for the review. Hopefully guests in cars will see it and not be so afraid to stop in! We have a big campus with more than two dozen buildings and a gorgeous three acre village green so it's never crowded. Thanks so much for posting! More 

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