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Galveston Island Railroad Museum and Terminal

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Address: 2602 Santa Fe Pl, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-1479
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+1 409-765-5700
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9:00 am - 4:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Had a great time seeing all the pieces of rolling stock and exhibits. There several cars you can explore. My favorite was the mail car. The depot with the waiting "passengers... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Norman, Oklahoma
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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time seeing all the pieces of rolling stock and exhibits. There several cars you can explore. My favorite was the mail car. The depot with the waiting "passengers" was fun and a great photo op. The audio tour is well done and provides lots of information to make the exhibs more interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were looking for a place we haven't visited in Galveston that would be fun for the family and since my kids love trains we decided on the train museum and it paid off. The staff is excellent and made us feel welcome and not just another tourist.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum on a Tuesday morning around the Christmas holiday. We parked in their lot off of Santa Fe Place (free) and entered at the west end of the museum. That day it was open 9:00 to 4:00 and admission is $5-10 based on age (active military or age 3 and under are free). We were welcomed at... More 

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Surrey, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is in the centre of town at the original station. This art deco building has been refurbished since the hurricane and is nicely laid out with statues of passengers and staff as per 1930s. There are plenty of old photos to gaze at in the building. Outside on the tracks are an excellent range of engines and rolling... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a quiet week day, I almost had the entire museum to my self, great for photos and exploring the engines and carriages. Take the time to walk the length of the museum tracks, up front are the train engines, most of them restored and some you can climb abroad. Further back are some of the old carriages, some in... More 

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Texas City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is really worth a visit, is very nice to know the history, to see the old trains, it makes us go back in time!! Great!!

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Inside displays. The trains are obviously outside. You can walk through several of the trains to view trail travel of old. One train is even wheelchair accessible. Hope to take my 96 year old uncle next week. He worked on trains when he was young.

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Humble, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

As many times as we've visited Galveston, this is the first time touring the Galveston Island Railroad Museum. This was well worth our time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

It's been a decade since I last visited this museum and it had certainly added something for everyone from a great train layout for kids to one of the most complete collections of railroad dining plates and settings I've ever seen in one place. There are also fine train engines and cars to view and walk through as well as... More 

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Humble, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

This museum is mostly outdoors with old steam trains, freight and passenger cars. Some of it is well kept and some has a nice patina. You can walk through parts of the passenger cars. There is a building devoted to the table wares of the dining cars. It's a lot of fun.

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