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Memories Program

Recognition, Memorials & Tribute Opportunities

Your memories can be lasting by becoming a part of the legacy of railroads and the National Railroad Museum! So many people’s lives have been positively impacted by the railway industry, the Museum, the history of railroads or just a love of trains.

The National Railroad Museum offers multiple opportunities to recognize, memorialize, or pay tribute to a loved one, colleague, or special person in your life touched by railroads and trains. 

At the same time, these generous gifts help provide funding for the important programs and restoration of the pieces in the Museum’s collection which support our mission to inspire lifelong learning by providing dynamic educational opportunities through the preservation of railroading objects, engaging exhibits, and innovative programs.

Engraved Bricks on the Depot Platform
  • 4 x 8 inch brick – $75.00
    Three lines (13 characters per line) of text and spaces
  • 8 x 8 inch brick – $100.00
    Six lines (13 characters per line) of text and spaces
Engraved Benches

standard classic design benches reminiscent of those in train stations and depots of the past; may be indoor or outdoor placement.

  • 6 ft. bench – $700.00
    One engraved plate with 3 lines (39 characters of text) 
  • 8 ft. bench – $850.00
    Two engraved plates each with 3 lines (39 characters of text)
Tree or Garden Area Dedications

As the Museum develops and grows, so do the plans for the surrounding grounds and landscaped areas on the 33-acre campus. If you would like to recognize your loved one, colleague, or special person with a living tribute, please consider dedicating a tree or perennial garden area in their honor. The gift would include the planted foliage, mulch, and an engraved plaque in the planted area. The tree or area will need to align with the Museum master site plan.

  • The range of gift would be determined by whether it is a single tree or an entire garden area, and would be agreed upon by the donor and Museum development staff.
  • Gifts may start at around $750.00 for a single tree up to several thousand for an entire garden area.
Endowment Bequest – In memory of…

A bequest is a provision in a will or a revocable living trust that designates how a person’s assets will be distributed after their lifetime. A bequest is a wonderful way to ensure a lasting memory when donated to the Museum’s endowment fund. The Museum’s endowment fund provides funds to sustain the programs and collection pieces for perpetuity.

If you or a loved one are interested in a gift to the endowment fund or would like more information on a specific endowment fund established in memory, please contact the Museum’s development staff at (920) 437-7623 ext. 24.

Customized Tributes and Memorials

If you would like to inquire about a customized tribute: please contact the Museum’s development staff at (920) 437-7623 ext. 24 or email members@nationalrrmuseum.org.

Thank You

Thank you for supporting the Memories Program and choosing to recognize a special person with the Museum. Please download and complete the following purchase form so that we can properly honor your loved ones. Please print.

The Museum will be closing at 2:00 p.m. today to accommodate THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
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