Mondays open during the summer from April through October.
The Museum is closed on certain major holidays, including:
New Year's Day
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania kept us really busy! There were some trains open that we could climb in and check it all out, and often employees were present to answer questions. We got to see so many different types of trains, and train cars. The boys got to sort the "mail" for a mail car. We learned how our names are spelled out in Morse code, and heard them telegraphed.
My boys really enjoyed the model trains that moved on the tracks, and the play areas where they could build Lego trains and cars, or play with the wooden trains and tracks. The view from the Observation deck was amazing, and going under the train to see what it looks like underneath was very interesting. I really liked the small museum area upstairs too. The writings and photos of the train industry from the civil war were so interesting. I loved the one poster in the elevator that spoke of joining the army in the civil war. It's an amazing example of how differently we speak now compared to then.
This museum is HUGE and I would not hesitate to take my family back there. The admission prices are reasonable for everything it is, and we could've spent the entire day there. I definitely recommend using the restroom before you start, since there's only one restroom area in the beginning near admissions and the gift shop. I would also say, do not forget your camera! There is so much here that you will not be disappointed and will definitely find photo opportunities.
Disclosure: Our family received complimentary admission to help facilitate this review. I was not asked to express a particular point of view and opinions are my own based on my experience.
My kids absolutely loved this train museum! It was so kid-friendly and the whole layout of the area was great. I was able to take strollers and my whole crew very easily. We had a wonderful lunch and they boys couldn't stop talking about the thousands of trains that they had seen. There are lots of places for great photo ops, too! We will definately go back to Strasburg, PA and visit a few of the other attractions!
My boys have always loved trains. Here, their eyes nearly bugged out when they saw they were surrounded by so many REAL trains! They loved climbing aboard and exploring. There is an outside train yard as well. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Kids 2 and under are free, the bigger kids have to pay to enjoy this place.
This is conveniently located DIRECTLY across the street from the Strasburg Railroad. For a complete all-day itinerary Visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, walk across the street to the RR and take a ride on the train and then after that is done head down the road to the National Toy Train Museum. If you didn't love trains before you got here you will certainly love them when you leave!
We usually head to the Strasburg RR when "Thomas the Tank Engine" is in town, but they have a great museum and train rides that go on all year round! They also have special events for the kids like "Thomas" and "Santa" trains!!
You can purchase a Combo Pass to include discounted tickets to the Strasburg Rail Road and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. The two world-class attractions are conveniently located across the street from one another!
The Railroad Museum features an historic collection of more than 100 locomotives and rail cars on display.
The Strasburg Rail Road features rides aboard an authentic steam locomotive that travel to Paradise, PA and back (45-minute ride).
We visited Thomas the Train when he was in town. My daughter was about 15 months and loved it. The lines were crazy, but since you are given a time to ride it isn't so bad. It was September when we went and very hot. Check the weather and be prepared. During this event we were able to get our pictures taken with Thomas, and with Sir Topham Hat. They had venders, and tents full of Thomas stuff for sale.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will entrance your junior engineers. It’s almost overwhelming to walk into the huge collection of locomotives and rolling stock at this museum, which specializes in railroad trains built or operated in Pennsylvania. Rolling Stock Hall is designed with a balcony and a pit so that you can see the fortysix locomotives and passenger cars from different angles. The new Stewart Junction Railway Education Center, located in a late-Victorian-era freight station, offers handson activities. Outdoors you can see some thirty three more cars. The HO-scale layout and education center are open selected hours. There are changing tables in both the men’s and women’s restrooms. Wheelchair accessible.