Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), Utrecht

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Housed in a historical former train station, Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) documents the history of the industry and its development in the Netherlands. Visit the museum and travel through time from the origins of train technology onward through the golden age of rail at the turn of the 20th century to the present (especially relevant given the Netherlands' extensive train network). A number of exhibits display historical train cars in addition to full-scale replicas contained within the grounds of the museum as well as within the halls of the station building itself. Don't miss getting an up-close look at the last steam locomotive to be used in the country, Holland's first electric train, and the recreation of the "The Eagle"--the nation's very first locomotive from 1839. Keep in mind that you can access the museum via an hourly train service from Utrecht's central station. See Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) and all Utrecht has to offer by arranging your trip with our Utrecht trip generator.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Great experience for train lovers and if you know how to speak Dutch it's better. Also good for kids. I missed some quality in the English explanations next to the displays and in some of the interact...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The Spoorwegmuseum does not only have a great collection of trains, it also has fun activities for kids and a lot of information for adults. Nice food court as well.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Easy going and interesting museum. My kids love it! Some of it is outdoors but can also help you true a rainy day.  more »
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  • May 5, 2017
    Great fun for the kids and adults alike... The virtual reality 4-D experience was really a big hit.. also the spooky train ride was wonderful... Recommended!
  • June 9, 2017
    This is a great train museum in the Netherlands. It is located in station Utrecht Maliabaan so that it is easy to get to the museum by train. The stop train will travel once per hour from Utrecht central to Maliabaan. The museum has lots of different typed locomotives. Absolutely great for adults and kids.
  • February 4, 2017
    Baby and Pram friendly (although best to come with 2 adults so you can take turns going in carriages). High chairs available in the cafe and baby change available. There is a mini train for kids to ride on and a small playground outside. Kids who can walk of all ages will enjoy it, but great for just adults too. The cafe had great apple tart! All the food looked tasty. Great place to come in a cold or rainy day as most of the museum is indoors. Free entry for museum card holders. English available in 50% of the areas but you can enjoy even the bits only in Dutch.
  • June 9, 2017
    Explains the history of dutch trains and their evolution. Plenty of interactive explanations. Also a mini 'slow' roller coaster ride is available.
  • June 4, 2017
    Kids love this museum. Adults who like trains enjoy the old rolling stock on display.

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As a major cultural and economic center, Utrecht has more than its fair share of centrally located hotels oriented towards business travelers visiting the city for a day or two. To stay longer without spending too much on a comfortable room, consider a self-catering apartment or guesthouse near the city's main train station. You can also explore the residential neighborhoods' family-run hostels, which offer simply furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi within walking distance of good restaurants and shops.
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