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"Do well, by doing good."
—Benjamin Franklin

Community Partners Program

The program offers numerous ways in which your company or organization can sponsor or support the programs, events, exhibits, and projects. 

In return for your company or organization’s support, the Museum offers many benefits to recognize, engage, and appreciate your partnership as well as help to promote the good your organization does for the community.

We invite you to become a partnering benefactor in support of the Museum’s mission, “to inspire lifelong learning by providing dynamic educational opportunities through the preservation of railroad objects, engaging exhibits, and innovative programs.” Over 86,000 participants and visitors experience the impact of this mission each year. The Museum is a non-profit educational organization that is the ONLY National railroad museum designated by an Act of Congress.

The Museum does not receive government or public funding.

Annually, the Museum hosts dozens of well-attended, family-friendly events and educational programs for groups of all ages. In addition to events and educational programs, the Museum also has annual exhibit and collection restoration projects in need of philanthropic support. These programs and projects would not be affordable, or possible without support from community partners like you.

Event Sponsorships:

The Polar Express™

The Polar Express captures the wonder and tradition of the holiday season and is cherished by children and adults alike! 31 shows in November & December each year with over 10,000 participants!


Rails & Ales Brewfest

The annual Rails & Ales Brewfest in September welcomes over 400 attendees and features dozens of craft beer samplings, fine wines and delicious food set among the Museum’s historic locomotives!

The Great Pumpkin Train

This family-friendly seasonal event includes indoor children’s activities, concessions and live entertainment for over 3,000 participants!

Holiday on the Rails

Holidays on the Rails welcomes over 1,000 children ages pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade over five days in December each year. This seasonal event includes stories, hands-on activities and crafts, a train ride and visit with Santa Claus!

The Great Bunny Train

Every March this four-day family-friendly event includes indoor children’s activities, concessions and live entertainment for over 4,000 participants!

Event Sponsorship Levels

All Event Sponsorships offer recognition on event materials and signage, in Museum newsletters, and on the Museum’s social media and web site venues, and announcements at the event.

$5,000 Level
  • Benefits also include 20 tickets to event
  • Company logo on ticket
  • 10 Museum general admission passes
$2,500 Level
  • Benefits also include 10 tickets to event
  • 10 Museum general admission passes
$1,000 Level
  • Benefits also include 6 tickets to event
$500 Level
  • Benefits also include 4 tickets to event
Sponsor all 5 events for $12,000
  • Benefits also include 10 tickets to event
  • 25 Museum general admission passes

Education Program Sponsorships

Railroad Story Time program

Weekly program in the fall and winter each year. 

  • Support Level – $1,500

Benefits include

  • admission for up to 4 (employees or customers and children) each week
  • Logo on program signage and marketing materials
  • Recognition on Museum web site, social media venues, printed newsletter, and signage at program
  • 6 Museum general admission passes
  • A special children’s activity and educational basket filled with train-related books, toys, etc. for you to share within your organization as you wish.
Field Trip and Transportation Assistance

Providing financial assistance to schools with a high percentage of low-income and disadvantaged students who cannot afford experiential learning opportunities. Will directly help approximately 400-500 students each year for a 2-year cycle. 

  • Support Level – $3,000

Benefits include

  • Logo on program signage and marketing materials
  • Recognition on Museum web site, social media venues, printed newsletter and signage during field trip programs
  • 15 Museum general admission passes
  • Recognition shared with the schools awarded funds.
Day in the Life program

Spring of each year with over 1,000 students experiencing life in the United States and Civil War era of the 1860’s. 

  • Support Level – $1,500

Benefits include

  • Logo on program signage and marketing materials;
  • Recognition on Museum web site, social media venues, printed newsletter and signage during the program
  • 8 Museum general admission passes.
After-School Outreach program

year-round outreach education and activities offered off-site for after-school programs at Brown County area schools, YMCA’s and Boys and Girls Club.

  • SupportLevel – $1,500

Benefits include

  • Recognition on Museum web site, social media venues and printed newsletter
  • 8 Museum general admission passes
  • Recognition shared with agencies/schools where programs are located.
Summer Railroad Camps

Three age range-specific day camps offered for 1 week each during the summer providing activities and multidisciplinary educational opportunities related to trains and railroads for over 75 children aged 5-15.

  • SupportLevel – $2,750

Benefits include

  • 9 camp admission scholarships to be distributed as your organization wishes
  • Logo on program signage and marketing materials
  • Recognition on Museum web site, social media venues, printed newsletter and signage during program
  • 8 Museum general admission passes.
"Name Your Day" Sponsorship

Your company or organization can sponsor a free admission and in-season train ride day for the community or your employees/constituents at the Museum. The specific day will be determined by Museum programming and availability in collaboration with the organization. Cost will be dependent on estimated number of visitors and what services will be provided.

Benefits include

  • Access to hundreds or thousands of patrons with logo on promotional materials and event signage
  • Recognition on Museum web site, social media venues, e-newsletter, printed newsletter and announced at event
  • On-site space for promotion of your organization within and/or on Museum grounds
  • 30 general admission passes to be used as you wish for your organization members or employees
  • 15% discount on facility rental for a meeting or event for your organization (per availability).

Benefits include

Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 – $10,000 per project

  • Recognition signage within the vicinity of the exhibit or project piece
  • Recognitionon Museum web site, social media venues, e-newsletter, printednewsletter and announced at opening events or project unveilings
  • 25 Museum general admission passes
  • Press release to area media outlets
  • Invitation to exhibit opening/reception and/or project unveiling/dedication
  • Engraved 8″ x 8″ brick on Depot platform

Looking for organization memberships?

Annual memberships are great ways in which to offer your support to the Museum year round with benefits to your organization and your employees!