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“Trip back in time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Seashore Trolley Museum

Seashore Trolley Museum
195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: World's largest electric railway museum, offering rides on private railroad, exhibits, museum store, picnic tables. Appealing to all age groups. Many special events throughout the season!
Yorkshire
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13 reviews
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“Trip back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We enjoy all sorts of museums but transport museums are amongst the most fascinating.

As is often the case, this museum relies on a lot of volunteers and a limited budget but there was plenty to see and enjoy and we felt the admission fee was fair. You can have unlimited rides on the trolleys in operation that day.

Visited October 2012
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new hampshire
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“Creepy and weird”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Based on the numerous positive reviews, I was very excited to visit the museum on our long weekend. I was extremely disappointed. The $10 admission is high. If you've never ridden a trolley or a Boston or NYC subway then it might be innovative to you but otherwise this was nothing new. The rest of the place is "self guided" and boy is it ever! There was absolutely no guidance of where to go or what to do . It was a mass of old busses and trolley's, most of which were filthy and filled with junk and garbage inside them. We were not met with any of the "knowledgable, friendly volunteers" that many other posters mentioned. Some of the workers were not even dressed as such and it was hard to figure out who worked there and who didn't. The "great gift shop" was dirty with low lighting. I wouldn't have purchased anything in there. The "clean bathrooms" were also akin to bathrooms in a real subway station - not a compliment. Our children were not with us but when we return to the area we will not be taking them - I don't think it would appeal to them ether. If you want a great trolley ride, pay the $16 and get a great, narrated tour of Kennebunkport seeing some beautiful historical sights along the hour long ride. This place was dirty and weird. It's a trolley and bus junkyard.

Visited October 2012
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Durham, Canada
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“A Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

My spouse and I discovered this great museum online prior to going on our bi-annual vacation to America's wonderful eastern seacoast. Our only sorrow was we had no children with us. This museum is a work in progress and a dedicated crew of both paid tradesmen and volunteers have made this a must see for anyone in the area. Besides the great ride on a refurbished trolley car complete with an informative dialogue by a period uniformed volunteer, the museum displays were very well formatted. A great gift shop, clean restrooms and the ability to roam freely on the grounds made this a trip to remember. The lack of signage did not hinder us a bit as this fine museum is all about discovery. They offer a discount to seniors and unlimited rides on a variety of trolley cars. Bob the trolley driver and Chuck the conducter were both a pleasure to ride with and we were especially delighted to find that Chuck was a Canadian expatriate. Both were fine gentlemen. I urge you to have a visit here and come early so you can see it all. The cherry on the cake by the way is the original adverts in the trolleys. A must see on anyone's list!

Visited October 2012
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Morton, Illinois
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“an interesting afternoon - interactive for older kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Took my teenage son to the trolley museum- was very interesting and fun for him because he was able to move around and climb and actually get inside and even ride in some of the trolleys. A large variety to see and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable.

Visited July 2012
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“Fun for the train or trolley enthusiast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

My boys (6 and 2 yrs old) are obsessed with trains and trolleys, and were so excited to go here! We passed by it several times during our weekend in Kennebunkport, but I had told the boys we were going to wait until our last day to visit the museum, b/c it was supposed to rain and I thought the museum was going to be mostly inside. It ended up being more outdoors than expected, so I wish we had visited on a nicer day, but the boys still had a fun time and we just walked between buildings with an umbrella. We started out with a trolley ride, which was probably 40 minutes or so long and included with the cost of admission. There was an older gentleman narrating the trip and giving some history of the trolleys and local area. After this, we walked around the property which is quite large - they had 3 or 4 HUGE barn type buildings which housed dozens and dozens of trolleys, some 100+ years old. Many of the trolleys were open so you could walk through the interior. There were also dozens more outside to see. They also had a "restoration shop" you could check out. Along with TONS of trolleys, they also had a collection of old buses, my guess would be from the mid 1900's. They also had a room inside the museum to check out, and a large gift shop. You could easily spend several hours here if you are a train or trolley enthusiast.

Visited September 2012
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