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Bowie Train Station Museum

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Address: 8614 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, MD
Phone Number: 301-809-3089
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A nice, small museum, and an old Pennsy tower. This is along the North East Corridor, so Amtrack's Acela's and the MARC commuters go by frequently. If you're lucky, you catch the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2016
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Laurel, Maryland
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Laurel, Maryland
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103 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

A nice, small museum, and an old Pennsy tower. This is along the North East Corridor, so Amtrack's Acela's and the MARC commuters go by frequently. If you're lucky, you catch the one weekly coal train allowed on the line. Across the tracks is one of the few surviving electrical substations for the big electrification project of the NY-DC trains.... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This museum is interesting as far as the history of Bowie goes, but it's very small and not much to see. The day we stopped by there was no one to talk to or ask questions. There were some brochures laying around and that's about it. We were disappointed. Maybe there's more in another building but what we saw took... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

A quick telling of the importance of Bowie to railroading in this region. The spur rail line built from 'Bowie' to Washington DC is now part of AMTRAK's Northeast Corridor. The freight station and Pennsylvania RR tower are interesting to see. Plenty of room for kids to run about. And a great spot to train watch!

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Bowie, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

A small little museum. Bowie Train Station was integral to the area in the past. There is a museum and a caboose that you can walk around in. Next door is the Bowie Town Grill which is a very good restaurant.

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Powhatan, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

There really isn't much to see. There were some brochures and a few artifacts and a train car. Not particularly interesting. There are some overpriced antique shops nearby.

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Nice little museum right next to the train tracks for ambiance. There are several antique stores within walking distance and two little restaurants one with an ice cream parlor inside.

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New Carrollton, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My wife was taking a test for school at our house so I had to kill some time with my son. I started out driving not knowing where to go, then remembered this place. After some quick checking, it turns out this place opens at 10 on Sunday when pretty much everything else opens at noon. So knowing that my... More 

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London, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This museum is easy to find and has plenty of free parking. I, like me, you arrive to find the museum locked, just walk to the visitor centre and they will open it for you. It has 2 display rooms with a model railway (not running) in one

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This has photos and tells a bit of the history of the town of Bowie. The lady in charge was very helpful about letting us know what else was good to see in the area.

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

The town of Bowie, Maryland was founded as a stop on the railroad. Unfortunately, the railroad is gone but the museum tells of a by-gone era. This is a great trip for children who can walk, not recommended for strollers. There are some pictures on the wall of Old Bowie. The staff is volunteer and the museum is open mostly... More 

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