Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a world-class collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, an immersive education center, a vast library and archives and a working restoration shop. Special events, museum store, free on-site parking, free WiFi.
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RonboNJ
Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Usa136 contributions
Aug 2022
Great visit!

After spending part of our morning riding the Strasburg Railroad, we decided to walk across the street and spend some time in the museum.

I was very happy to see that the museum was very affordable at $10 for adults (AAA members save an additional $1). That made the visit well worth the cost.

Once inside you can't help but be amazed by the array of trains from different eras dating back to the 1800s with a collection of the earliest wooden cars. For obvious reasons, you can't walk through the cars themselves, but there are many opportunities to walk up steps and peek inside.

In addition to the many trains, you can walk through replicas of train stations, waiting rooms, and baggage areas. There are also areas where model trains ride across the artificial cities and rural landscapes -- some of which you can operate yourself.

This is a great place for kids. We had a smile on our faces watching their faces light up in delight as they entered the museum. Definitely make this part of your visit to the Lancaster area.
Written August 20, 2022
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CDR G$
Buckingham, PA440 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
An outstanding PA State Museum dedicated to the history of rail transportation in the Commonwealth and to the Pennsylvania Railroad in particular. Fine collection of locomotives, coaches and railcars thru the years in a year round indoor and seasonal outdoor collection. Helpful staff are present to answer any questions. Exhibits tell the story of railroading and the people involved. At one point the Pennsylvania Railroad alone employed over 110,000 people, more than the military of the United States. Interactive displays related to railroading help to keep younger visitors engaged. Reasonable priced for a family outing and across the street from the separate but equally interesting Strasberg Railroad offering scenic rail excursion thru Lancaster’s Pennsylvania Dutch [Amish] country. Well worth the trip.
Written December 2, 2021
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Arlene M
Pottstown, PA300 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The museum was updated since the last time we were there. The upgrades were outstanding. A lot more than real trains. Several model train layouts too. A replica of an early 20th century town was fun and informative. There were a lot of Very interactive activities throughout the museum.! Very interesting for all ages. The guides (especially Kevin) were so friendly and helpful. We had a 12:30 train ride,so we went to the museum,went on the train ride and then our 8 year old grandson asked to go back to the museum. Great day trip. Take snacks and drinks to enjoy between the 2. Food cannot be taken into the museum. Our 8 year old after checking all gift shops found a train set at the museum shop for $24.99.
Written July 25, 2021
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luv2travelPittsburgh
Pittsburgh77 contributions
May 2022
This museum was one my DH was very anxious to tour. But, surprise, I found it quite interesting, and a look back into the History of trains during their "golden years of travel". However, the building is NOT connected to the train station where you can purchase a 45 minute train ride. The displays are also a look back in time, complete with old luggage and train schedules. I highly recommend this museum, even if you're not a "train enthusiast ", like me!
Written May 11, 2022
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Kris L
Seaford, NY34 contributions
Jul 2022
A great place to bring kids that are into trains. A huge space with a very impressive collection of old trains that will definitely have a "wow" factor for any kids entering the museum for the first time. If you're across the street taking a ride on the Strasburg Rail Road, you gotta check this place out while you're there. Don't miss the Lego display too!
Written July 8, 2022
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John K
Lebanon, PA397 contributions
Jul 2022
If you like trains, or are the least bit interested in the history of trains in America, this is a must see. We spent close to two hours in there looking at and reading about these awesome vehicles, many of which date back to the 1800's. There is a faux street shop that displays what it would have been like to stop at a depot and walk the avenue. It also includes an immense diorama of trains through the region, from rustic, rural areas to the cities in PA. That alone is worth the visit.
Written July 19, 2022
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daytripper1962
new jersey52 contributions
Oct 2021
I'm not a train guy at all BUT these huge powerful trains are seriously impressive. Even the little town they created was very nicely done. Unfortunately the experience could be even better if they allowed you to actually get inside and look at more train interiors or controls. They do permit you to enter a boxcar (boring) but the awesome engines are totally off limits. You can't even peek inside most of them. They have a huge collection of railroad lanterns LOCKED inside a closet (without even a light) for "safe storage". Not a single lantern is out for display despite empty display cases. Oh and the training simulator is closed for no reason. 10.00 is fine for what you get but this could truly be amazing with a little more accommodations.
Written October 31, 2021
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ldjs
Fort Lee, NJ605 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Great way to spend a few hours if interested in trains or American history.
The ride on Strasbourg railroad is good old fashioned fun, but main attraction is the museum across the street with many old trains/ engines/ locomotives; originals and replicas.
Museum’s highlight is a spacious airy depo to explore these old trains. There are some hands on and informative exhibits as well.
Good for families with kids and for anyone interested in history.
Allow at least one hour, better two if have time.
Location is in Lancaster county with lovely farmland all around.
Also suggest yo try some Amish specialties while in there, a creamery is right next door.
Written July 30, 2022
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zap2504
Middletown, PA107 contributions
Apr 2022
Very interesting displays of several eras of railroading. Interesting to see inside some of the units as well as some of the unusual pieces (like the snow plow). Many other things outside but we ran out of (kids) interest.
Written April 21, 2022
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Joel_in_MD
Baltimore, MD131 contributions
Jan 2020
AS a resident of Baltimore Im familiar with a well run good sized Rail museum, but this one sets the bar even higher! Very affordable prices for admission. Very clean facilities and okay signage though out give a good overview of their immense collection of rolling stock. their model train layouts and reproductiion small town area off to one side of the indoor train yard are both very well done with great signage throughout. The out door yard is well laid out and acts as good staging area for the artifacts that haven't been able to be put under cover (yet). There are plans in work to use their turn table set up as part of a new 2nd building to store and restore theiur large steam collection still outdoors and I look forward to seeing that develop.
Written January 25, 2020
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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM