The world's largest steam locomotive, weighing in at 1.1 million pounds.
The GG-1 is America’s most famous electric locomotive. Its steamlined body has been featured on a U.S. postage stamp, as a Lionel toy train, and in dozen’s of artists’s paintings over the years.
Fast and fashionable, the Aerotrain was designed to travel at over 100mph. Charles Jordan led the design team at GM, and was also responsible for the famous Cadillac tail fins introduced in the late 1950s.
Drumheads are illuminated signs bearing the logos of trains. These were attached to the rear of the last car, and offered a powerful way for train lines to brand themselves. Our collection of these rare railroad artifacts is the largest know to exist.
Welcome to the National Railroad Museum! Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning by providing dynamic educational opportunities through the preservation of railroad objects, engaging exhibits and innovative programs.
The Museum maintains a noteworthy collection of railroad objects, photographs, manuscripts and rolling stock. The Museum's educational programs for students are interactive and reinforce school curriculum including arts and history as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields of study. The Museum also offers a variety of educational opportunities for adults.
The impact of the Museum is significant, with an annual attendance of 75,000. Two thirds of our members are families. On average, 5,600 patrons participate in educational programs per year. We invite you to come and explore the National Railroad Museum!
The Museum will close early a number of days to accommodate our Polar Express event. If you plan to visit the Museum over the next few weeks, please take a look at the following early closings:
Friday, November 18, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, November 25, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 26, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 30, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 1, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2:00 p.m.
Polar Express™ Tickets - SOLD OUT
The Polar Express™ at the National Railroad Museum features a live rendition of the Hot Chocolate Dance followed by a dramatic reading of the original Polar Express™ book. Patrons then board the train for the ride to the North Pole. Once we reach the top of the world, Santa personally greets each and every child.
November 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30
December 1, 2, 3, 4
Wednesday and Thursday shows are at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
Join us on December 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 for Holidays on the Rails! This special program features fun activities and crafts, cookie decorating, a train ride, and a visit with Santa! Holiday on the Rails is open to the public and school groups.
This program is designed for children pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. Admission is $5.00 per person, children younger than 2 are free.
No advance registration is needed for smaller groups. For groups larger than six (6), please contact Bob Lettenberger, education director at (920) 437-7623 Ext. 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Activities take place from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Train rides (approx. 25 minutes long) are scheduled for 9:15 a.m, 10:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The Festival of Trees display among our historic locomotives will be on display at the National Railroad Museum from November 17, 2016 through January 8, 2017. Admission is reduced to $5.00 per person during the Festival of Trees. Join us for this beautiful holiday tradition!