History After Dark

History After Dark

History After Dark is a new series brought to you by the Education Department of the National Railroad Museum. Each month, we will host a Behind the Scenes tour and one lecture event to coincide with our extended hours on Tuesday evenings. Explore our wide variety of exhibits and learn something new each month in 2024!

Tickets are $8 for each of these experiences. Members will pay $6 for Behind the Scenes tours and enjoy lectures free of charge. These events do not include standard Museum admission. 

July 16th, 2024 – 6:30 PM

August 13th, 2024 – 6:30 PM

Behind the Scenes tours are presented by Justin Lambrecht, National Railroad Museum Director of Education.

You may have explored the public spaces of the National Railroad Museum before, but not like this! Let us take you behind the scenes! In this one-hour program, we’ll go beyond the public portion of the Museum and look into the spaces where those railroad stories come from. Come along as we visit the archives and restoration shop to learn what happens before you see an exhibit. Note: This program involves considerable walking, climbing stairs, and entering a working shop facility. Closed-toe shoes are required.

At 6:00 PM, there will also be a train ride! For those interested in riding the train and taking a Behind the Scenes Tour, we recommend arriving at 5:45 PM.

Tickets are $8 each, and $6 for members. Reservations are encouraged as there are only 20 spots in each Behind the Scenes tour.

June 18th, 2024 – 6:30 PM

June Subject: B-B-BRRR! How the Railroad Kept Food Cool

Railroads provided the first cross-country supply chain for meat and perishables to get to market. How did food in the cars stay cooled before mechanical refrigeration? All the effort may surprise you.

Presenter Info: Brian Buchanan is a lifelong railroader who, in his retirement, wants to Educate, Engage, and Entertain people about his favorite topic – how railroads work – by using Museum artifacts to explain.

Tickets are $8 each, and attendance is free for Museum members. Reservations are encouraged, but not required for this event.

Contact Us

Justin Lambrecht, Education Director: (920) 437-7623 or nrrmeducation@nationalrrmuseum.org