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“Nice trains, no information, and sad employees”

Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)
Ranked #3 of 105 things to do in Utrecht
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“Nice trains, no information, and sad employees”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Overall this is a pretty museum but I wouldn't go again. Upon arrival, the parking attendant made us feel as though we were intruding. For a moment, I thought the paid parking make be a scam as he followed us inside and sharply told us what to do in an almost military style. We hoped for better when we entered but the ticket seller was bored, verging on rude. We paid to full admission prices but she gave us one booklet to share. We had to ask for a second and she rolled her eyes.
We asked about accessibility, as my mother uses a rollator (walker). We were told that she could see almost everything but the truth was that we could see almost nothing. It wasn't worth the admission price..
It might be fun for a young, family with a lot of kids but not an older person who loves trains.

Visited December 2013
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“Fascinating collection”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

The collections are remarkable especially for children. It is also provide a very interactive experience.

Visited February 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Marvellous experience for children”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

It is just a marvellous place to visit with children. Beside the very old and very new trains there is a lot to do for children even for the very young. Our toddler of 2 was very happy there climbingf and seeing all the trains and making the "Vuurproef (Proof of Fire)". We where there in the "Wintermuseum" weeks and they had an ice skating ring and someone was making ice sculptures. If you want your children to have the complete experience start with taking the train from Utrecht Central Station to the Mqaliebaan Station, which is the Train Museum. This train goes once every hour, so check the schedule ahead.

Visited December 2013
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Norfolk
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“Great entertainment”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

Where as the National Rail Museum in York is mainly a collection of engines, rolling stock and railway items, the Utrecht museum is full of entertainment, and great for all the family

Visited December 2013
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“Great for kids and train lovers”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

If you've got kids, this museum is a must see. It's got trains - of course - real trains, old ones and new ones, but also interactive "worlds" in which you can experience the railway history in an exciting way - eg with a fast moving trolley in the dark or in the proof of fire - a very physical cinematic experience.

For small kids there's a mini train the kids can ride. As for the train enthousiasts - you won't be disappointed. Original orient express (the real one) is in this museum as well as many old models and the first train ever on dutch rails.

Visited September 2013
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