Galveston Railroad Museum, Galveston

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The Museum is open 7 days a week!



Summer Hours (mid-March - October)

10:00am to 5:00pm Daily

Winter Hours (November - mid March)

Monday through Friday: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Admission

Adults: $10.00

Seniors (60 & Older): $8.00

Children (4 - 12 yrs): $5.00

"Harborside Express" train operates most Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. boarding every 20 minutes! $5 per person regardless of age.
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  • This is an interesting museum, with a collection of 6 or so locomotives, and a larger collection of rolling stock, the museum also incorporates the booking hall of the former station which is wonderfu...  more »
  • Lots of cars to look at from the outside, but not too many of them are restored on the inside. Collection of railroad china and model trains inside.  more »
  • Great trains, many you can climb on board and see for yourself. However, she asked if I wanted an audio tour and I said no. They can be so mixed. However, v bad decision on my part. Lack of info aroun...  more »
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  • A nice museum, especially if you have some little ones who love trains. They have a some old rail cars and passenger cars you can walk through, another set of cars that have been turned into an (air conditioned) part of the museum, with exhibits that go into railroad history in Texas. Lots of stuff to show that history and what it was like for passengers. The back of the museum is where all the old cars are lined up; be advised it can get hot in the summer and not all the cars are open to walk through. Also some of the cars that may seem closed actually aren't, the doors can just get a little stuck. The museum could do a better job of marking that area and directing foot traffic back there. Theres a couple of big model train displays and there's a section that was the ticket and waiting area of the station as an exhibit as well. They also have a brief train ride; it's not a big passenger car or anything like that - more like a platform you are standing on - but the kids enjoyed the ride and waving at the people in cars waiting to park for their cruises. Overall a nice way to spend a couple of hours if you have any interest in trains and the history of the island.
  • I've been to a fair amount of museums, but never a railroad one. It was a very cool experience and all the indoor parts were very clean. Its not too expensive too and they have so much to look at and many train cars to see and go inside. Sadly there was one I thought was super beautiful but you couldn't go in it nor where there lights so you could see inside. I know it probably doesn't get as much foot traffic as it deserves but I wish the giftshop was bigger or had more stuff fit for adults. Other than that it was a great time and I would go again in a heartbeat.
  • It's cool but needs some work. Been there a few times. The last time I went the lady working there was very friendly and came up to us and told us some history of the place. You can also rent out the place for your kids birthday party. Kids would probably rate it 5 stars... If they liked trains!
  • This museum is one of the best appointed with memorabilia and history than just about any other Museum. This is in large part due to the fact that this was a last stop for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and this was a headquarters for the company. Not possible to see everything they have here , you could spend hours easily or a couple of days. For the railfan this is a Mecca to see. There is one fall back like a lot of museums who have outdoor displays they are not covered they are exposed to the weather this hastens their demise through exposure to the weather IE water, snow, ice and in this case right on the coast exposure to the salt water. If there was one thing I would wish it would be to have large covered awnings for all outdoor exhibits not just this one , to preserve them for future Generations.
  • The Galveston Railroad Museum is impressive to say the least. This museum will surely make any person a train lover. Feel free to roam the yard and enter different trains. I was able to ring the bell of one of the trains on the track. Great history. I absolutely loved the lobby that was made to look like an old-fashioned train station. They even had replica phone booths!

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