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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the National Railroad Museum

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At the National Railroad Museum, we talk a lot about our exhibits and educate our guests on the rolling stock we have for them to view, as well as railroad history, but there are a few things you might not know about the museum.

  1. The museum was designated by Congress as the National Railroad Museum in 1958.  We are the one and only National Railroad Museum in the United States.
  2. Though we are a national museum, we do not receive local, State or Federal funding.  The money raised from general admission, fundraising events like Day Out with Thomas, POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, The Great Pumpkin Train, Bunny Train, Rails & Ales, and donations is what supports the museum’s continued operation.
  3. All of our pieces of rolling stock (locomotives, passenger and freight cars) are on a restoration schedule to return them to the condition they were when they first entered service.  Depending on the work that needs to be done, it can take up to two years to complete the restoration of one piece.
  4. Through our general admission, fundraising events and educational programming, the museum sees over 100,000 visitors each year. 
  5. The museum is also an amazing rental space for weddings, receptions, corporate events, and birthday parties.  So far for 2018, thirteen wedding ceremonies, fourteen receptions, six corporate events and eleven birthday parties have been booked.  We are even booking as far out as 2020.

Byline: Dan Liedtke, Curator and Operations Manager for the National Railroad Museum. For questions about exhibits or to learn more about the museum, you can email Dan at [email protected].

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