Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, Temple

4.3
#177 of 307 in Museums in Texas
Completed in 1911, the historic Santa Fe Depot houses the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum. The exhibits explore the history of the railroad and topics relating to regional and local history. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits, education programs, and special events.

The museum’s collection of railroad equipment is displayed on the grounds, next to an active railroad yard where rail-fans can observe daily operations and traffic of the BNSF and Amtrak. The beautiful Santa Fe Gardens, Whistlestop Playground, and Temple Visitor Center are also nearby.

There is plenty of parking on-site. Group tours can be booked with advance notice by calling (254) 298-5172.Visitors can purchase admission to the museum in the Museum Gift Shop, along with souvenirs and all sorts of train goodies for all ages. Come visit us today!

Admission:

$4 Adults

$3 Seniors

$2 Children (Age 5-12, under 5 are free)

Free to Active Duty Military Families with Military I.D.
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  • October 4, 2017
    This is another interesting part of Temple to see. The railroad is an important part of this city's history & I learned more interesting facts at the museum. It is very nicely set up. Railroad buffs w...  more »
  • September 7, 2017
    Took the kids for activity here, they really enjoyed learning a lot going through the activities, old rails and museum there. Good informative place to visit.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Don't let the construction around Amtrak Station chase you off. Very interesting displays of railroad equipment, stories, switching operations, telegraph and model train display.  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Good displays. Kids enjoy the play areas and model trains.
  • April 7, 2017
    The name is deceptive as it's not a railroad museum. We were disappoint road construction suspended most activities
  • October 5, 2016
    Very disappointed. Because I had a camera bag and tripod, I was questioned about being a professional photographer. I tried to explain that I was NOT a pro photographer that I was meeting a friend and we were going to take photos of the outside of the trains in the yard. I was told that I needed to call and make appointment and was given several pages of contracts with prices per hour to photograph the museum. My friend also an AMATEUR did take some photos of the rust on the box car. I took no photographs and will advise other photographers in our group of amateurs to avoid this location.
  • May 21, 2017
    Great for the whole family to learn about history
  • June 23, 2016
    Wish we could have got into the trains parked outback to see the insides but was still cool checking them out. Be sure to look at the steam locomotive.

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