Galveston Railroad Museum
Galveston Railroad Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • jeffrey a
    Galveston Island, Texas10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Train Lovers Rejoice!
    Great place for train lovers. Our 5 year old grandson is a train fanatic and this was the perfect place to make lasting lifetime memories. They also host The Polar Express at Christmas each year!
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 20, 2023
  • John W
    LaGrangeville, New York821 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum for old train enthusiasts
    We happened to come upon this museum while walking along the waterfront on Galveston Island. My wife was patient while I decided to stroll through the museum. They had several different engines and train cars on display outside, many of which you could walk through. They also had some interesting displays and short video clips. This is not a large museum, and it only took about an hour to browse through it, but it was an interesting experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 20, 2023
  • carl H
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected surprise
    right down the street from the strand is a museum of trains, on an Island? Yep and not simply an engine or two! You can climb up and walk through some verry old locomotives and passenger cars preserved in time from years gone by. You can experience what it was like to have paid a ticket to settle down in a seat likely painfully for a few days ride! The luxury of bedding areas and dinning cars with space just enough to set a plate across from another's. The equipment etc is displayed as well connected to early rail times. The equipment displayed here come from all the major rail companies of the day and still displaying the logos of that time. As I said the amount of trains and cars here to compare are amazing for being on this small island! If traveling with small kids likely on a cruise from here arrive early or stay an extra day and see this and more here in Galveston TX.
    Visited June 2022
    Written May 2, 2023
  • craigcorbell
    Houston, Texas7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place close to Cruise terminal
    I’ve been here several times before and went this year during the steam punk festival and it was amazing. The polar express they do during Christmas time I have heard is a spectacular event as well. If you’re looking for something to do in Galveston, this had got to be on your list.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 20, 2023
  • AttyVette
    Texas1,331 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Polar Express fun
    We booked a ride on polar express train ride at this museum Saturday night December 2. We had to pay $30 to park close but wanted to be close to our destination. Having fun already / recommend this event .
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 2, 2023
  • sctrojanmo
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and Fun Train Museum
    Very fun and interesting museum on the history of train travel in the area. Also a good exhibit on the USS Texas battleship. There are a lot of exhibits here, so it would take a good deal of time to take everything in.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2024
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,616 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
Several types of railroad cars on display, including, locomotives, pullman (sleeping), diner, caboose, mailcar. Some you can walk through. Admission for adults is generally $10, although that can be doubled for special occasions and holidays. There is a train ride available at times, in an open-air caboose, weather permitting. This ride is short, lasting maybe 15 minutes. Essentially it's standing room only. This ride costs an extra $5 and is limited to a maximum of 21 riders. I didn't even try to get on the ride because of the covid pandemic. While all riders are required to wear a face mask, I didn't think appropriate social distancing could be maintained.
Written December 21, 2020
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N.N. Shah
SUGAR LAND, Texas102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Visited most recently in December 2021. Admission prices had gone up tremendously since my many visits over the past 2 decades. No tours, guides or museum workers were present during our visit, other than the ticket counter lady who just recommended that most people walk around the rail yard in a clockwise manner.
Most of the trains on display were locked or did not have stairs for entry. We were only able to see the interior of 2 trains and had to observe the other 20+ from the sidewalk.
Written May 9, 2022
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Peter
Proctor, TX16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
It was a nice little excursion, the g-kids enjoyed it..I was a little disappointed in the decorations, I was expecting more bang for my buck I guess..The trains were to dark to really look at. We paid extra to ride and that was canceled due to rain and they wouldn't reimburse or credit towards anything. We could have a rain check but we were there that weekend only. Had pick with Santa I personally think way to $$ for what you get...
Written November 29, 2020
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Erin E
Saint Louis, MO181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
My grandpa worked his whole life on the RR so I had to go see this place. The place has a ton of artifacts and history pieces, including the railcars, cabooses and engines. They give a map when you buy tickets so you can see and hear the history. Some cars are open for walk thru and for pictures.
The museum/station has memorabilia as well as the gift shop and train simulator. They have it staged with mannequins so you get the experience of an old time station.
Written May 24, 2021
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beth b
Tulsa,ok105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
My husband is fascinated with trains and so this was a must see attraction. The exhibits were well done and much of it was air-conditioned. There was hand sanitizer available and masks were encouraged. I enjoyed going into the various trains. If you are into the Strand, the museum has direct access and they allow you to park for free.
Written September 21, 2021
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KG_TXtraveler
Houston, TX552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
This was a very well put together museum. They had a lobby renovated like the old train station, and multiple train cars, mostly from the 1930 - 1950’s that you can walk through out on the train platform. The young kids enjoyed it - but it is not covered if it’s raining. I would recommend for an hour visit if you are on the Strand and are looking for an interesting museum.
Written August 8, 2021
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COOKIEDULCE5
Houston, TX83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
A great place to visit.
We had so much fun.
Its an amazing museum.
Its like you went back in time.
They have a station area, a small train set area with the surroundings, a train from almost every era.
You go inside them. Its just so amazing.
Written November 10, 2020
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Raven2015
Houston, TX106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Trains have always been interesting to me. These train cars are open, and in many cases decorated with appropriate care, such as mannequin diners in the dining car and authentic mail sacks in the mail car. There is a sleeper car, caboose, and many more that you can walk through. There is also a 'train station' that is also a gift shop. The staff is very friendly and helpful and there are clean bathrooms and mini trains for photo ops with the little ones. Altogether a very pleasant trip.
Written March 16, 2021
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Patrick R
Bay Area Houston, TX353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The way the museum is presented I could actually visualize the train stations I visited with my Aunts and Uncles as a kid. The sights, sounds, exhibits, refurbished and cared for trains and coaches is a memory for us and a lesson in times gone by for our children. Great family outing.
Written April 6, 2021
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Michael W
Waco, United States36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The museum has a good collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Like most RR museums, a lot of the collection is in need of repair, but there are several passenger cars that have exhibits about Galveston railroading that are very well done. Gift shop is a bit lacking as most of their merchandise caters toward children, but overall it is worth visiting.
Written January 7, 2022
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