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“Loved it! What a bargain!”

Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.
Reviewed August 2, 2009

Spent a little over an hour in the railroaders museum and loved every minute of it. Such an interesting place with tons of old stuff in it. Anyone who is going to Altoona this is a MUST GO. Also if you are within an hour of this place and never been you also MUST GO. This place had a little bit of everything. Paid $9 to see this place and what a bargain. I've been to a lot of other museum's and paid much more and wasn't entertained as much as I was here. It's not all just railroad stuff in here, a lot of stuff from the history of Altoona is in here as well. You can avoid the gift shop tho, I didn't see anything interesting to purchase.

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Reviewed May 30, 2009

For a regional museum, presumably funded privately, the ARMM is amazing and--unmistakably--homage to The Pennsylvania Railroad. Well designed exhibits are rich with detail: To read every single word and examine each artifact in detail would require days. The displays expand the context of railroads to include information about workers' families and their community as well as the industry's economic and social impact over time. My favorite section--among many--near the end of the top floor, is devoted to PRR's materials testing and quality control efforts.

Outside--ringing a broad lawn--are a variety of cars: freight, passenger, and rail maintenance vehicles. Farther out, more stock flank the turntable. Many are in sad shape, crying for shelter, stabilization, and restoration. They retain much of their appeal, however, and a sense of power. We were disappointed that not one steam locomotive is among the displayed cars. We thought we would see the K-4 No. 1361 that had been the "sentinel' at Horseshoe Curve until the mid-1980s. According to Wikipedia, 1361 is ("in pieces") at Steamtown National Historic Site, awaiting return to Altoona for restoration when their own shops are ready to undertake the work.

Conveniently, the museum property parallels Altoona's main rail lines. Two footbridges (one open, one semi-enclosed) allow visitors to “stand on top" of passing trains—a great vantage point for photos! On the Sunday we visited, serious railfans and photographers (frequently one in the same) were much in evidence. When you go, be prepared to walk the grounds, plan ample time to soak up all the visuals and text inside, and do not forget your camera!

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Reviewed June 22, 2008

My ancestors are from Altoona and worked for the rail road so I found this Museum to be a wonderful insight into the history of Altoona and the importance of the railroad in shaping people's lives and the city. It has wonderful, engaging, interactive exhibits that appeals to both children and adults . You can go into rail road cars and inside the museum you can see every aspect of life in Altoona from work to home to how people would relax and socialize in the era of the rail road. We went their after seeing the Horseshoe curve and a special very affordable price is given to you when you see both. This is a must see attraction on any trip.

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Reviewed April 26, 2006

I found the museum interesting along with Horseshoe Curve. I would not recommend buying from the gift shop online...they do not reply to email or questions, took over 2 weeks to ship my order. When I recieved it, one of the shirts was not the right size, sent a second email asking for an exchange, again getting no reply. I consider them as unfriendly...not people friendly that's for sure. Will never shop there again.

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Reviewed July 11, 2017
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