501 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC – Get Directions
In 2007 the Museum moved to an authentic 1883 railroad freight warehouse, a setting that provides more space for the collections and greatly improves comfort and accessibility for visitors. Thousands of hours of volunteer time were invested in remodeling and relocation, and visitors are universally impressed with the exh...
Low frills, but great for train lovers!
The Wilmington Train Museum is an awesome play date activity for young kids! Catch the free trolley for a loop around downtown Wilmington either on your way or when leaving. There a ton of great places to grab lunch nearby (Trolley Stop hot dogs is a must and Port City Java for a coffee on your way!). Kids will enjoy the model trains, but also getting to explore an engine and a caboose. There's train tables for the kids to play with Thomas videos on the TV as well.
All Aboard for Fun
What is it about little boys and trains? Or big boys and trains, in the case of my husband. Since he is the train enthusiast in our family, I hoped the Wilmington Railroad Museum would be a hit with him—and it was. I was pleasantly surprised to see that our entire family could find something of interest here too.
True railroad enthusiasts (like my husband) will enjoy poring over the historic exhibits, while most children will want to skip ahead to the Children’s Hall and model trains. My girls were especially interested in finding the hidden Hobo symbols throughout the museum and learning their meanings. (Pick up a list near the entrance and see if you can find them all!)
For the youngest guests, the Children’s Hall features a child-size caboose and tons of toy trains. But the real action in at the rear of the museum, where you’ll find the largest model train layout in the Southeast, filling most of the 1500-square-foot hall. A sign on the wall boasts a Guinness World Record for Longest Train. There are several buttons on this incredibly detailed HO scale display that allow guests to operate some of the twenty-odd trains and the accompanying features. This is where everyone gets to be the engineer! Continue outside where you can hop on a boxcar with a couple of Hobos or step aboard a steam engine or caboose.
The Wilmington Railroad Museum is located next door to the Wilmington Convention Center. It has its own free parking lot, a nice perk in the downtown waterfront district. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children 2-12. Infants are free, and there are discounts for seniors and military personnel. This is a great value for train enthusiasts, who could easily spend several hours soaking up the historical information and examining the various model train displays. Ditto for any child who is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine or trains in general. For the rest of us, the museum is still an interesting place to explore for an hour or so, and it’s definitely worth a look.
Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary visit to Wilmington Railroad Museum. I received no other compensation and these opinions are my own.
The museum is really nothing more than a personal train track that is rather large and just drives around. There isnt much to see or do. however they do have a small outdoor play area for the little ones. For the most part I was pretty disappointed in this museum with all they could do for a train museum it just seems to be lacking in a lot of areas.