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Our Mission

The National Railroad Museum® inspires lifelong learning by providing dynamic educational opportunities through the preservation of railroad objects, engaging exhibits, and innovative programs.

Our History

The origin of the National Railroad Museum®dates to 1956 when local individuals advanced the concept of a national museum dedicated to American railroad history. Two years later, an act of Congress recognized the Museum as the National Railroad Museum™.

Since then, the Museum has operated as a privately funded 501(c)(3) educational organization. What began as an effort to acquire a single steam locomotive for a city park has grown into one of the largest rail museums in the nation. It now serves over 100,000 visitors annually. Today a professional staff of 20, as well as over 300 volunteers, welcomes visitors from all over the world!

The National Railroad Museum®is a proud member of the Brown County Federation of History Organizations. Other organizations that are a part of this federation include:

  • Brown County Historical Society
  • De Pere Historical Society
  • Green Bay & De Pere Antiquarian Society
  • Heritage Hill State Historical Park
  • Neville Public Museum of Brown County
  • Historic Allouez Society
  • Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame
  • The Automotive Gallery
  • Ashwaubenon Historical Society
  • N.E.W. Masonic Library and Museum
  • Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Museum
  • Green Bay Diocese Museum

More information about these organizations can be found on each organization’s website.

Media Contact

Director of Marketing and Communications

(920) 437- 7623 Ext. 112


If you are a member of the media and would like to obtain high resolution images for editorial coverage, please contact our Director of Marketing and Communications at (920) 437-7623 Ext. 112. Proper photo credit must accompany each use: “Courtesy of National Railroad Museum”.

Photos may not be used for advertising or other commercial purposes without prior written consent from the National Railroad Museum.

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Join our media mailing list today! Please send a message with your name, title, business name, phone number and email address to our Director of Marketing and Communications to start receiving the latest information about the National Railroad Museum.

Our Staff

Behind all the great events, programs and fundraisers at the museum are a talented and dedicated group of personnel that work tirelessly to ensure each event is a success and enjoyed by all. We couldn’t do it without them.

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