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Wilmington Railroad Museum

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Address: 505 Nutt St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3347
Phone Number: 910-763-2634
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Special interest museum that pays homage to the major impact of railroads...

Special interest museum that pays homage to the major impact of railroads in local and national history, which features Wilmington and Weldon railroad artifacts dating from 1840, and items from the Atlantic Coastline and other railroads.

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A meticulous display of railroad history. A walk through the entry area of the museum displays the comprehensive past of railroads in multiple context. Loved the small box that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
JimmB30
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Hackensack, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This may be a small museum but it is packed with a lot! We went during Surfer's Healing and our son was enthralled with the interactive features. We enjoyed the interaction with the great volunteers and their knowledge and enthusiasm.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice interactive scale model layout with play area for the kids. The educational displays are interesting but the train cars are a bit tired looking. It might be a bit boring for those who are not train enthusiasts.

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A meticulous display of railroad history. A walk through the entry area of the museum displays the comprehensive past of railroads in multiple context. Loved the small box that contrasted the progression of model railroad scales as well as the wall displaying real railroad signs. The big room with active model trains is interactive, impressive, and so realistically detailed. The... More 

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Thank JimmB30
Colleyville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My teenage son loves trains. Since it is $9 a person, I took him, and my husband took our daughter to the Serpentarium. We made the drive up from OIB for the afternoon to visit and explore. It is a small place, but lots of info and history of the Atlantic Coast line, which was headquartered there at one time.... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent 1 1/2 hrs here trying to keep cool in the heat of August. The 4 kids we were with loved it! The room with the model trains was worth the admission!

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Thank DPecorelli
Lexington, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was $9 per person and only 3 rooms. Not worth the price of admission. Had some unique things to look at, but nothing special.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you ever were or are fond of trains, this is a good place to bring back memories of travel by the train. The miniature models of trains are amazing and replica to the station, forests, woods, cities, villages is very good. Kids especially will love the fun interaction here with the trains. There is also a little play area... More 

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Monroe, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Small museum but the ultimate destination for model train enthusiasts. There is one huge room of running model trains. Good place for those with younger children.

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Greenville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Interesting smaller museum, our grand-kids loved it. Great for those rainy days when the beach is a wash out.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Torn between giving it a 3 and a 4 rating. The museum is located in an old train terminal and that is sort of interesting. It is small. There is a model railroad running that is fun to see and to push the buttons that start the various trains/etc.. There is a kid area with toys and a caboose. Not... More 

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