National Railroad Museum – Green Bay Wisconsin

All aboard! Next stop – the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, located at 2285 South Broadway. Billed as having one of largest historical railroad collections in the country, this indoor/outdoor museum offers an in-depth look into America’s railroad past.

Trains and more trains as far as the eye can see, and you haven’t even entered the museum yet. The train station is filled with model trains, and between the train station and museum, there is a collection of miniature trains.

Tickets can be purchase at the gift shop, and the admission price includes entry into the museum, collection/exhibit galleries, theater, observation tower, and a ride on the museum’s train, that runs from May thru September. Prices vary depending on the time of the year. For instance, from October thru April, it’s $8/adult; $6/senior; $5/children 4 -12 years old; and free/children 3 years old and under. Rates somewhat increase during the months of the train ride and are as follows: $9/adult; $8/senior; $6.50/children 4-12 years old; and free/children 3 years old and under. For information about group tours, contact the museum at 920-437-7623.

Self-guided tours are available throughout the year. A fifty-minute guided train tour that highlights the museum’s collections is offered from May thru September. This particular tour runs twice a day. Plan to spend at least three hours touring the museum, but for railroad aficionados, they can easily spend anywhere from 4 to 6 hours looking at all of the artifacts.

With over seventy locomotives and railcars on display, along with special collections and exhibits, there are a few displays that should not be missed during your visit, regardless of if it is your first or third time to the museum. View the largest steam locomotive that lives up to its name: Union Pacific Big Boy, said to weigh close to 1.2 million pounds. You can see a part of history when you view The Dwight D. Eisenhower, a train that was named after the former general and president by the British after War World Two. Another interesting part of the railroad’s history is the Aerotrain, General Motor’s idea train of the future that didn’t go over.

The exhibit galleries feature personal collections, such as Fredrick Bauer’s Drumhead collection, which were the old, round signs, advertising the name of the rail line. There are also traveling collections as well.

End your visit by climbing the 85-foot observation tower that offers views of the museum, Fox River, and the Green Bay Packer’s Lambeau Field.

The museum hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, and perhaps the most popular is the annual visit by Thomas the Tank Engine.

Hours of operation for the National Railroad Museum are Monday –Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter. 

Comments

  1. Janelle Cherney says:

    What are the prices for kids & adults for the Pumpkin Train ride in Oct? & what times?

  2. Ticket prices for Great Pumpkin Train: $12 Adult, $8 for children. It’s a bargain. Sincerely, Michael E. Telzrow Executive Director National Railroad Museum 2285 South Broadway Green Bay, Wisconsin 54304-4832 (920) 437-7623, Ext. 17 Telephone (920) 437-1291 Fax

  3. I heard in November you are having a Polar Express exhibit. Is it true and when does it start, with what times available.

  4. The dates are November 27 – 29 and December 4 – 6th. Tickets are now available in the Museum Store or by phone at 920-427-7623 x 11. Standard class tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for adult members and $8 for children. If you do the Premium Class you will Ride aboard a restored streamline observation car. $18 buffet section; $25 lounge section. (these are 2009 dates)

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