National Toy Train Museum
National Toy Train Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Museum featuring hundreds of model trains, some specimens dating back to the 1800s. Eight operating layouts from HO to G gauges plus special exhibits. Newly updated!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Thomas C
Binghamton, NY270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My wife is a giant railroad fan. The regular railroad museum was closed while we were there so this became a fill in on our way out of town. I really wish we had gotten there sooner. It is definitely a cool place to visit. We were there for about an hour but that is very misleading. It is definitely worth a few hours. We walked slowly until we realized how big it was so we rushed through the last half. It has lots of examples of different size model railways. They also have entire layouts of different size railroads. We also thought the legoes one was very interesting. The layouts also have the ability for you to operate the trains and also several of the other structures in the models. The only thing I would like (and I should say my wife didn't see this as a problem) is more of a description of the different styles or types of trains. There were a few of those but I like to leave a museum having learned things.
Written September 5, 2022
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Brian M
Laurel, MD197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great tour thru history of toy trains, beautiful displays of everything from wooden to tinplate to cast iron to more current. Plus interactive displays in all the major gauges and LEGO. Highly recommend a visit, about an hour
Written September 1, 2021
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Linda A
Pittsburgh, PA439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Since my husband has always liked trains, this was a must stop. It offers one of the largest toy train collection in the world. There are 7 operating interactive train displays and we were like kids, pushing all the buttons to run the trains. Very informative Toy Train Library where you can finds lots of information. It is very Unique and really worth visiting.
Written August 17, 2023
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697billm
Allison Park, PA328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Stopped here while in the area. If you like toy trains they have it. Many different scales and brands. There are many interactive displays. Kids will like the display also. Give yourself about an hour to see everything
Written November 7, 2022
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FlipFlopsR4Me
Jersey Shore, NJ515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
I was pretty surprised at how much this place kept our son entertained. I thought we'd spend maybe an hour here, but there was so much to see we stayed looking & interacting with some of the train displays for hours. Had to finally pull my little guy out of here to eat lunch. The displays are wonderfully put together & it was surprisingly clean. We entered at opening (1000) and were the only family there for about the first 45 minutes which allowed my son to enjoy the displays pretty much to himself for that time. It never really did get crowded at all. The woman who we encountered that worked there was truly the most friendliest we came across while visiting. She was very informative & just so pleasant to talk to. Would've liked to say about the older gentleman at the entrance collecting admission. I kind of felt he was a bit rude especially when my son asked him if there was a bathroom and he answered as if he was bothered by my son asking him a question. This is the reason for the 4 star rating. Would have rated it 5 stars had it not been for the lack of customer service by this one person :(

There wasn't much in terms of souvenirs. We were able to purchase an awesome battery powered toy train for less than $10 & a color changing t-shirt for $12 which we thought was reasonably priced considering some of the prices we've come across in other places in Strasburg. In closing I would say this is a pretty cool place to visit of course if you or your family members are toy train lovers this would be on my list of places to see while visiting Strasburg.
Written July 31, 2015
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Boris Scharinger
Fuerth, Germany180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
It's for toy train lovers. I went there with my daughter (4) and my son (almost 7) and they got bored fairly soon. Yes, there are several beautiful tracks and pushing buttons would make trains move - but kind of that's it
I suggest to add some more elements of interactivity that encourages kids to build something or truly steer something. (I know, it's not very concrete)
Written October 22, 2017
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Kerra B
20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
You will be bored out of your mind and your kids will be interested for ten min max UNLESS you are a serious train person. It is a very nice place with a great collection if you're a train collector!
Written May 15, 2015
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Lefty33
West Conshohocken, PA292 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2010
I took my daughters here about a year and half ago and came away slightly underwhelmed by what was offered.

We went during an off time during the fall and the thing that surprised us the most was that while there was a fair amount of people riding that day at the Strasburg Railroad and over at the Choo Choo Barn there was nobody here at all for the first 45 minutes that we were here.

The first thing to note is that they are closed January, February, and March. Even during the "busy season" of May-October they are still closed Tuesday-Thursday.

The exhibits offer toy trains at all of the various sizes of O, S, G, and HO gauges. And while that is nice the big problem is that way too much of their collection is stuffed and mounted to look at behind glass and hardly anything there actually is moving or running.

So while it may be nice for historians, train buffs, and cerebral adults to look at room after room of static displays kids for the most part could care less.

Even at a place like Roadside America there is an interactive factor.

The admission price of $15 dollars for a family of four is not bad but the problem is just that NTTM is just not that interesting to really be there for more than an hour and for fifteen dollars there is far better and far more interesting things to see and do in Lancaster County.
Written April 22, 2011
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GoPlaces35005
Shady Spring, WV1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, PA was the highlight of my son's trip to the area. In the museum was an unbelievable collection of electric trains, both on diplay as visual exhibits and also on display as hands-on exhibits. My 4 year old could visit each layout, operate the train and the accessories without any danger of destroying anything. He was enchanted for hours! Thats what I call a success! Please take my advice, if your child is a train fan, you must take them to this museum. The caretakers are helpful and fun and again, your child can't break anything!
Written May 16, 2004
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bassjwp
Princeton, NJ468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
This is a nice little stop if you're in the area with your kids to see the steam engines at Strasburg. While it lacks the impressive single-display setup that the Choo Choo Barn has right down the road, it has six or seven smaller displays of various gauges, and those displays are very interactive with lots of buttons for little ones to push. Beyond the active displays, there are a huge number of classic toy trains of various sizes displayed all throughout the place. When we were there, they were also doing activities in the lobby, where an extra $1 got you a bag full of National Toy Train Museum goodies, including a cup, a snack and a wooden train to decorate and assemble. There were paint pens and adults to help at a table to help the kids, and a toy train table and a TV playing The Polar Express for younger ones or siblings who finished faster than their brothers or sisters. Finally, there are discount coupons for this place all OVER Lancaster and Strasburg, so you don't even have to pay the (extremely reasonable) full price. By the time it was all said and done, we managed to keep the kids entertained for about 2 hours on a cold and rainy day. We'll most likely be back.
Written December 4, 2018
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