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Museum of American Railroad, Frisco

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Inspirock Rating:
3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Founded in 1963, the Museum of the American Railroad strives to preserve locomotives from the steam and diesel-electric era, as well as preserve and restore passenger coaches. The Museum holds one of the largest collections of Pullman Cars in the United States.

The museum has moved its entire collection from Fair Park in Dallas to Frisco, TX. The site is still under construction, with indoor exhibits on the second floor of the Frisco Heritage Museum.
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  • Well worth the visit. Place is next door to famous Texas chicken place. All you can eat sides. Bring a large appetite. Family friendly 
  • We went here on a 3rd grade field trip and it was not fun for kids at all. There was an hour long PPt presentation and then when we toured the train we mostly just listened to a lecture about it. We d...  read more »
  • This is a guided walking tour of a number of types of railroad engines and cars in various states of restoration. Our tour was scheduled for 45 minutes, but it actually took an additional 30 minutes, ...  read more »
  • I expect this will be first class when they finish their building. Tours of the rolling stock are mornings only, and only 2, at 10/1130. Your kids will love it. More trains to climb on vs anywhere. Get them out of the ticket office/store ASAP. Or let one parent do the ticketbuying work. It isn't terrible, but they're still working on it. 3 stars for work in progress. Call me in 2-5 years.
  • Fantastic museum! The rolling stock collection is great and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly!
  • Dallas's New Home of Union Pacific Big-boy #4019.
  • Worthless, complete and utter let down!! I thought about giving it more than 1 star because of the staff, but the more I thought about it the more disappointed I got. Definitely not worth the time or money. We drove for an hour with three small children to get to it and when we got there during normal business hours no one was there and a pad lock was on the front gate. Several families were standing outside waiting for someone to open it up, but no one ever came. I tried calling the number, but it just went to answering machine. After we waited for nearly 30 minutes we left at 10:45 AM, 45 minutes after the museum was supposed to be open. We ended up going to a restaurant down the rode and tried the museum again just after 12:00 noon. They had opened the gate by that point. When I asked the woman inside why they weren’t there at 10 she said they had special hours today due to an Arts Festival at Fair Park. I told her the website did not reflect the hour changes and there was no sign out front and several families had been waiting to get in for almost an hour. She apologized and said it was free today for the arts festival. She told me she would talk to her “web guy” about making sure the site was updated next time. We had already purchased tickets online through a discount site, but she said to keep it and come back another time with it since today was free for everyone. I thought that was nice, but after walking through it I am just going to throw my voucher away. They tell you that you can walk through and inside the trains, which really isn’t true. There were only 2 engines and 1 car you could get inside. One of the engines was even blocked off so you couldn’t really get into it just peak inside a gate. They don’t even have signs or anything up to let you know about the cars or their history. You would see the same stuff if you walked down and toured a local train yard and they wouldn’t charge like this. Bottom line this place is not worth the $7 admission for adults and whatever they charge for kids. You can walk through the whole thing in just a few minutes. Even free this place is a complete waste of time.
  • Loved the trains! What a cool place for kids. Can't believe so many trains are in one tiny space. Looking forward to the bigger museum in Frisco. Liked the steam trains best.
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