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Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
Located at 17 River Street in East Haven Ct. (Exit 51 I-95) The Shore Line Trolley Museum has been an important part of the community since its incorporation in 1945 as the Branford Electric Railway Association. Founded to preserve the unique heritage of an endangered species -- the trolley car -- it now boasts a collection of nearly 100 vintage vehicles as well as artifacts and documents from the trolley era.

It continues to operate predominantly through the dedication and support of its over 1000 member/volunteers.

A visit to the museum is a multi-sensory voyage into the past, from the moanful growl of the motors, to the smell of the electric arc, to the feel of rattan seats and varnished hardwood detailing.
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  • Definitely make time to visit here. There's a small museum and a trolley every 20 minutes, and the trolleys are the originals from the 19th and early 20 centuries. You can also see a subway car that w...  read more »
  • We stumbled on this gem. We were too late for a regular trip on the trolley but the staff were great. They had to take the trolleys back to the barn for the night so we rode there and had a short walk...  read more »
  • Stopped off here on a trip up I-95. They've done a magnificent job restoring a collection of trolleys from across the United States. Our two young children lived the trolley ride through the county an...  read more »
  • I love the Shoreline Trolley Museum. It's the best place to go if you have a toddler or preschooler around Halloween. They have the pumpkin painting, the trolley ride. My kids loved it!
  • A favorite place of mine when I was a kid, it was great to go back with my nephew and be reminded that the Trolley Museum is both fun and highly informative. The staff is clearly passionate about what they do. A gem.
  • Wonderful staff. I loved the train ride and the narrative that came with it. Didnt know so much about trains until i went here.
  • Really good place for all ages, lots of fun especially the Easter events.
  • My son rode NYC subway car, great museum
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