National Capital Trolley Museum

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National Capital Trolley Museum

National Capital Trolley Museum
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MsDidi
Washington DC, DC3 contributions
Holiday Outing!
Dec 2019
Great for littles! Intimate and interactive! Perfect trolley ride with Santa!

They do Birthday parties too!
Written January 30, 2020
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BrianHink
Olney, MD394 contributions
Great family fun, unique find...
Jan 2020
What a hidden surprise right in the middle of Montgomery County. The National Capital Trolley Museum, gives history of the streetcars/trolleys that use to roam the DMV, from DC, Baltimore and even the Frederick/Hagerstown area had one as well. We've driven by the museum many times on the ICC, but had never gone, but we finally got and surprise surprise we were able to get 2 hours out of this small, but unique museum that is mostly run by volunteers.

The museum has a bit of literature on the history of streetcars/trolleys in the DMV area and has a model that you can interact with a few movies to watch and a car barn with about 10 or so old trolleys, from 100 years and younger from many parts places (England, Belgium, Canada to name a few). You're able to walk around on one of them (but I think this changes based on info that was shared) and the number of volunteers on site. Other nostalgia pieces as well and a cool museum shop that has some great stuff in there.

Now this isn't a Smithsonian or anything, I believe it's county run, so it's local. But the museum has been around for 50 years and survived a fire back in 2003, so it's been able to last awhile I think with mostly donations and grants, which I find impressive.

The best part was being able to ride an actually streetcar on a track that meanders through a forested area for a 20 minute round trip ride (yes 20 minutes) and you can ride as many times as you want. They call all the passengers and do their best to give you a feel for what it would have been like if in actually operation. The conductor comes by and clicks your ticket, they use the bell when they slow down or speed up or stop, just like they would have used to on an actually network. The volunteers dress as streetcar conductors and they let the kids pull the cord to ring the bell. Our boys loved it and it's a beautiful ride, seeing lots of white tail deer.

The museum has lots of land and so much potential for additions, they also hold birthday parties for a decent price of $260 which can accommodate up to 45 kids, that is cheaper than a lot of places around this area. I'd love to see expansion on this place, because what they are trying to do is genius and such a unique idea, it would be cool to see meeting space or a restaurant on the property looking out over the forested area that is beautiful, perhaps a craft brew place, all in all, it's just a great local attraction if you love transportation you'll love this place and your kids will too.

It was a super Saturday afternoon outing.
Written January 5, 2020
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Caleb Heifetz
Olney, MD32 contributions
Amazing old trolleys
Aug 2018
Truly a blessing to see these, as they are so old. Some are soon to be restored. But just an FYI, the trolley ride is loud, as in a high pitched screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Written September 16, 2018
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ChantillyFishers
Chantilly, VA51 contributions
A fun trip!
Sep 2018 • Family
This is a small museum but was perfect for a short outing. We took two rides on two different trams and having the opportunity to compare equipment from different eras was very special. A tour of the street car room was fascinating. Perfect for young children or older kids with an interest in transportation.
Written September 8, 2018
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Heather W
Kensington, MD5 contributions
Perfect Short Outing for 3-year-old
Jun 2018
I wouldn't make a point to travel to the trolley museum if it was far from my house, but at 20 minutes away, it was the perfect Friday afternoon outing with my two small children. Note: They are usually only open on weekends, but have special children's afternoons on Thursdays and Fridays in the summer. There is a fee to get in (I think it was $12 or $13 for my 3-year-old and me; the baby was free). We arrived just in time for a story time and a small paper craft afterwards. The kids glued together their own trolley car. It was super cute and my kid was playing with it the entire visit (and at home afterwards). There is a single miniature-town display that has some buttons the kids can push to make a miniature trolley go. There is also a room that houses a bunch of old trolley cars that you can walk around with a docent as a guide (I found this part interesting, my kid not so much). The hands-down star of the show, however, is the outdoor streetcar ride through the nearby woods. The driver was knowledgeable and friendly and the kids loved it! It also offered some good photo ops. I love it when places have experiential history (riding the old streetcar) instead of just looking at things through a pane of glass. We saw everything and were out of there within 90 minutes.
Written July 9, 2018
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William Reese S
Kingston, MA76 contributions
Fantastic time well spent
Sep 2017 • Couples
Terrific history of trolley cars, excellent museum store with many resources for purchase, and fun silent movies playing where trollers are seen in the background. The very best experience is taking the one-mile ride on one of the restored working cars. Spectacular ride with very knowledgeable operators. What a great afternoon.
Written September 9, 2017
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,377 contributions
Wonderful information and ride
Sep 2017 • Solo
This is a great place to visit to learn about history, mission, and development of trolleys in the U.S. and around the world. It is a great place for "train" enthusiasts. Visitors also have a chance to ride in the operative trolley which takes passengers through meadows and wooded area of the park for about 20 minutes (10 minutes one way). Great information of the history of trolley operations in Washington D.C. and vicinity. I learned a lot from the 30-minutes guided tour and the movie. A small entrance fee includes the trolley ride. Worth the drive and the dime. Caution, when coming from Layhill Road and Bonifant road, the entrance is immediately to your left after Highway 200, then a short drive to the museum in the middle of the park land.
Written September 3, 2017
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SajRN
Rockville, MD33 contributions
Great for locals and tourists! History, Trolley and Train enthusiasts of All Ages!
Aug 2017 • Couples
Small Wondrous Gem! Admission includes all (unlimited trolley car rides) Museum: Conductor gives brief history and there for ?'s; self-guided, excellent history display, real trolley car layout (interactive), theatre (short movie) and Trolley Barn. Today's incredible weather we rode the boat trolley "BTS 606 trolley" (museum Int'l collection) -- 1 of 4 in U.S. and only one on the east coast (other 3 in San Francisco CA and bay area). Conductors give excellent history! Gift shop "amazing" -- over 500 books, posters, prints, nice souvenirs! Great for small kids (stroller friendly), families, teens, couples and solo!
Written August 5, 2017
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Jim G
Lake Mary, FL324 contributions
not what it once was
Aug 2016
Sadly, they had a careless fire about a decade ago that destroyed almost everything they had. They've be rebuilding since, but its tough to get contributions when past efforts have gone up in smoke.
Written July 19, 2017
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FTTN
Harrisburg, PA243 contributions
Truly a trip into the past!
May 2017 • Couples
It is such a interesting museum. Saddened when the first museum burned down but this one SO much better. Parking, displays and trolleys are really better. To get to ride on their trolleys is the best part: to see and feel what trolleys were like caps off the whole experience.
Written June 1, 2017
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