Community Partners Program

"Do well by doing good." - Benjamin Franklin

The program offers numerous ways in which your company or organization can sponsor or support 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 supporting 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 our mission each year.

The Museum is a nonprofit educational organization and is the only railroad museum with national status in the United States designated by an act of congress.

The Museum does not receive government or public funding.

The Museum annually 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 Sponsorship Levels

All event sponsorships offer recognition on event materials and signage, in Museum newsletters, on the Museum’s social media and website venues, and during announcements at the event.

 

$5000 LEVEL
  • 20 tickets to event
  • Company logo on ticket
  • 10 Museum general admission passes
$2500 LEVEL
  • 10 tickets to event
  • 10 Museum general admission passes
$1000 LEVEL
  • 6 tickets to event
$500 LEVEL
  • 4 tickets to event
SPONSOR ALL 5 EVENTS FOR $12,000
  • 10 tickets to event
  • 25 Museum general admission passes
polar express

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ TRAIN RIDE
The Polar Express Train Ride captures the wonder and tradition of the holiday season. It is cherished by children and adults alike! 31 shows in November and December each year with over 10,000 participants!

rails and ales

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!

great pumpkin train

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

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

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

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 website, social media, 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 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 website, social media, 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

This event is during the 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 website, social media, printed newsletter, and signage during the program
  • 8 Museum general admission passes
AFTER-SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM

Year-round outreach education and activities are offered off-site for after-school programs at Brown County area schools, YMCA locations, and the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay.

Support Level – $1,500

Benefits include

  • Recognition on Museum website, social media, 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 one week each during the summer providing multidisciplinary educational opportunities related to trains and railroads for over 75 children aged 5-15.

  • Support Level – $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 website, social media, 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 the estimated number of visitors and what services will be provided.

Benefits include

  • Access to hundreds of promotional materials and event signage
  • Recognition on Museum website, social media, 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 for your organization members or employees
  • 15% discount on facility rental for a meeting or event for your organization (per availability).
EXHIBIT AND RESTORATION PROJECT SPONSORSHIPS

Each year the Museum identifies the exhibits and rolling stock restoration/preservation projects that will be installed or completed. Funding assistance is always needed to complete these projects.

Benefits Include

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

  • Recognition signage within the vicinity of the exhibit or project piece
  • Recognition on Museum website, social media, e-newsletter, printed newsletter 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