15 Wisconsin Train Museums To Visit With Kids!
Do you have a little train enthusiast in your family? Wisconsin is home to many great train museums! We’ve put together a list of some of the coolest Wisconsin Train Museums that we could find – some near and some far. Whenever you’re feeling adventurous, pack the kids in the car and head out to one of these historical destinations!
1. National Railroad Museum
2285 S Broadway, Green Bay, WI
Explore America’s railroad heritage. Marvel at the Union Pacific Big Boy, the world’s largest steam locomotive, and Eisenhower’s World War II command train. Over 70 pieces of railroad equipment on display. Ride a full-size train. Open year-round: April – December: Monday – Saturday 9 – 5 pm, Sunday 11 – 5 pm. January – March: Tuesday – Saturday 9 – 5 pm, Sunday 11 – 5 pm. Closed: Mondays: January – March, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
2. Heritage Historical Village / Railroad Museum
900 Montgomery Street, New London, WI
Tour 5 historic buildings moved to the village for preservation; train depot, church, school, log cabin, and an octagon shaped house. Most have original or period furnishings. Examine rail equipment including a locomotive, boxcar, and two cabooses. Browse the depot and its exhibits of railroad artifacts and memorabilia. Open: first and third Sundays from June thru August. Hours: 1 pm – 4 pm. Group tours or appointments can be made by calling.
3. Lumberjack Steam Train and Camp Five Museum
5068 US 8 and Route 32, Laona, WI
Take the whole family on a trip back in time with a ride on a vintage steam train. Head for Laona and climb aboard the famed Lumberjack Steam Train for a journey into the late 1800’s. Sit in a rare cupola caboose as the vintage steam engine takes you to an actual site of a Northwoods logging camp. The 2018 Season runs from June 21st thru August 18th, Thursday – Monday. Fall Season: September 1, 22 & 29. Check website for train departure times.
4. Chippewa Valley Railroad Association
811 Carson Park Drive, Eau Claire, WI
A scenic, half-mile, miniature steam- and gasoline-powered train ride located in Eau Claire’s premier Carson Park. Join us for a for a leisurely journey along beautiful Half Moon Lake and through the northwoods of Western Wisconsin. Since 1977, the Chippewa Valley RR Association has been entertaining visitors from around the world. Open noon – 5 pm, every Sunday and Holiday (Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day).
5. Colfax Railroad Museum
500 E Railroad Ave, Colfax, WI
The Colfax Railroad Museum has a collection of railroad equipment from railroads that serviced the western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota region. The depot houses the large collection of lanterns, railroad china, and the nation’s largest railroad paper-weight collection. The purpose of these artifacts is to show what people encountered on day-to-day activities with the railroads and how the technology changed throughout time. Open May 1 – Oct 31, Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4 pm.
6. Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
114 Depot Rd, Osceola, WI
Diesel and steam train rides. The Osceola & St Croix Valley Railway is a Division of the Minnesota Transportation Museum. All members of the OSV train family are volunteers and love to share their hobby with you. Check website for hours and admission.
7. Pepin Railroad Depot Museum
On Highway 35 in Laura Ingalls Wilder Park. 800 3rd S, Pepin, WI
Check website for upcoming hours and admission.
8. Railroad Memories Museum
424 N Front St, Spooner, WI
Housed in the former Chicago & Northwestern Depot, the museum contains an outstanding collection of vintage railroading memorabilia from around the nation. It is staffed by volunteers, including the retired railroaders who lead guided tours through the old depot’s 12 history-packed rooms. Open Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day Weekend, Tuesday-Sunday Open at 10 am. Last tours Tues-Sat at 4pm and last tour on Sun at 3pm.
9. Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Excursion Train
426 N Front St, Spooner, WI
All Aboard America’s only moving Bed & Breakfast Train! This overnight trip boards at 5:00pm, parks at 9pm for a good nights sleep, and concludes the next morning at 10:00am. Enjoy an evening full of dining and fun, and stay cozy in your traditional
Check out their family train ride options: https://spoonertrainride.com/family-train-rides/
10. East Troy Electric Railroad Museum
2002 Church St, East Troy, WI
Step back in time when life was a little simpler. Our historic rail cars travel a 10-mile trip through beautiful Southeast Wisconsin. Board at either the depot in East Troy or at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago (see schedule). Meander through the depot museum where kids can be a trolley motorman, discover the joy of model layouts and learn about electricity. The gift shop features a unique selection of railroad souvenirs for all ages.
The East Troy Electric Railroad runs from East Troy to Mukwonago in southeast Wisconsin. For operation hours click here. No reservations are required!
11. Depot Museum
1108 1st Center Ave, Brodhead, WI
Permanent railroad exhibit. Museum is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, or by appointment for large groups.
12. Fennimore Railroad Historical Museum
610 Lincoln Ave, Fennimore, WI
Open daily Memorial Day to Labor Day 10 am to 4 pm. Weekends only Sep and Oct. Displays the engine, depot and memorabilia of the narrow gauge (15″ track) railroad that once traveled from Fennimore to Woodman.
13. Mid-Continent Railway Museum
E8948 Diamond Hill Rd, North Freedom, WI
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society–also known as Mid-Continent Railway Museum–is an outdoor, living museum and operating railroad recreating the small town/short line way of life during the “Golden Age of Railroading,” spanning the years 1880-1916, with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays of restored rolling stock. Mid-Continent has operated at North Freedom, Wisconsin since 1963. Weekends – trains depart 11am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.
14. Mineral Point Depot and Museum
11 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI
The Mineral Point depot was built in 1856 from local materials, and has survived to become the oldest depot in Wisconsin. The Mineral Point Railroad Society was formed in 2000 to further the restoration of Mineral Point’s historic railroad depot, and to promote historic preservation and community awareness through related historical activities.Open May through October, Thursdays – Sunday 10 – 4 pm and Sunday, noon – 4 pm.
15. Riverside & Great Northern Railway
N115 County Road N Wisconsin Dells, WI
This living railroad museum looks back into the history of railroading in Wisconsin. Nestled in the toe of Juneau County is the road bed of the Lacrosse and Milwaukee Railroad built 1857. Sandley’s moved their operation here in 1952 from Janesville. The buildings represent railroad facilities found at railroad terminals at the turn of the 20th century. For operating hours, visit here.
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