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“Cool for kids - and adults, too!”

Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)
Ranked #4 of 115 things to do in Utrecht
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

The Railway Museum is located in a former train station of the city of Utrecht, still in the center of town but a bit out of the true heart of the city. As a streetcar and railroad lover, I expected a rather amateuristic collection, but nothing was less true. This museum is being run really professionally. There are 5 permanent themed exhibits, from the one celebrating the pioneering work of the British who invented the locomotive, via the romantism of the great European rail connections (such as the "Orient Express") to a kind of cakewalk contraption that has something futuristic in it, but is mainly fun for the train-fans-in-spe. This year, the temporary exhibit was dedicated to "Trains during the war", in which an impressive collection of war machinery was exhibited, designed to roll into the battle (several exhibits never had to deliver this service, and were still brand new). You may reach the museum via a dedicated train delivering a shuttle service to Utrecht's Central Station. For me, it was an afternoon well spent!

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Mostly military trains, well labeled in English and Dutch. Allow about an hour. Beware Thomas the Tank Engine day, unless you have small children!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Nice museum at the back of a former railway station. Fun for kids and people interested in railway history.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Spoorwegmuseum is a great way to spend a day in Utrecht. It is in a beautiful old railwaystation. It has loads to see and do for all the family. Things to learn, things to do, The Vuurproef is really exciting, maybe even a bit scary for the littlest kids. You can easily combine your visit to the Spoorwegmuseum with a boattrip on the canals. In the summer there are special boattrips that will take you from the heart of the city to the museum by boat through Utrechts' lovely historic canals. Great tip!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The renewed museum offers great fun for railway lovers and others who likses to experience history and technics

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