Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom

4.3
#42 of 109 in Museums in Wisconsin
Mid-Continent Railway Museum is located in North Freedom. Use our North Freedom trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Mid-Continent Railway Museum and other attractions in North Freedom.
Create an itinerary including Mid-Continent Railway Museum
map
Places to stay near Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Mid-Continent Railway Museum Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
111 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Our visit to Mid-Continent Railway Museum was occasioned by their expansive selection of Dinner Train Rides -- specifically the Autumn Color Elegant Dinner Train ride. It was an absolutely splendid ex...  more »
  • This museum has a large collection of steam era locomotives and rolling stock, including some rare and unique items. They have a rare "Shay" locomotive from the Goodman Lumber Company a rotary snow pl...  more »
  • On a lovely warm Fall day a trip up to the Mid-Continent Railway Museum was an enjoyable experience. There are good exhibits of restored wooden railway cars, freight cars and engines on the tracks to ...  more »
Google
  • What a wonderful place for a quiet day of activity. I brought my kids for a ride on the Santa Express and it was so great to see their faces light up when the train started moving. The staff is all very knowledgeable and I think most of them are volunteers. I would love to come back without the kids just so I can spend some time looking at the details.
  • This is the only place that I've seen with a Shay in beautiful condition. If you don't know, a Shay is a steam locomotive designed for logging railroads, because it uses a complex piston and gear system instead of the normal piston/drive shaft system hit see on regular steam engines. Anyway, due to the rarity of these it's extremely rare to find. On top of that, they have numerous engines, cars, and other such, and it's completely free to view. There is a tour, on rails, with two coach cars that are over a hundred years old, fully restored for use. Currently it is pulled by a diesel locomotive, but I've been told by staff next year (2018) they hope to have a few weeks where they can operate a steam locomotive (shamefully, coal prices are 3-4 times higher than they have been in the past few years). Tickets are $20 for adults, with child and senior discounts. Wheelchair users are welcome, they have a full lift system. All in all, well worth the visit
  • I won't try to pretend like I am all that interested in "trains", but I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 hour stop here. The museum was not merely about trains, but the history of the advancement of transportation and technology in transportation. I found it thoroughly interesting and would stop in again.
  • Easily one of my favorite date nights of my life so far! Everyone there is so passionate about antique trains! They can't wait to share their passion with others! Can't recommend highly enough!
  • Awesome place if you love trains. Even though it's closed now for the season, still tons of trains to look at outside. However I will be back again real soon.

Plan your trip to North Freedom

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Mid-Continent Railway Museum by other users

15 days in Wisconsin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 2 days in Wisconsin Dells BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Wisconsin BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in McGregor BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Prairie du Sac BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Wisconsin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in New Glarus BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Spring Green BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Spring Green BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Verona BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Wisconsin Dells BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans