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Wilmington Railroad Museum
505 Nutt St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 763-2634

The history and heritage of railroads in Wilmington is clearly borne out by this museum's fine photographs and artifacts. Beyond details of more than 130 years of history, the Railroad Museum is fun for people of all ages fascinated by trains and train culture. For the price of admission, you can climb into a real steam locomotive and clang its bell for as long as your kids will let you. The museum building was constructed in 1882 as a freight warehouse and is one of just a few remaining buildings from the golden era of railroading. The boardwalk and Railroad Heritage Square are home to a steam locomotive from 1910, boxcar with hobos, and a caboose to explore. Visitors can run the model train on the enormous railroad layout in the Model Hall, which is maintained by the museum's model train committee. A Children's Hall provides lively surroundings for youngest visitors, including Lionel trains with lots of action. Adult programming, children's tours, model train workshops, an Annual Train Show and group discounts are available. The museum also invites you to book your birthday parties on its caboose; the affordable rental fee includes souvenirs and a tour of the museum. Mid-April 1 through Labor Day weekend, the museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 1 to 5 PM. After Labor Day to mid-April, it's open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. The museum is closed New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission fees are only $8 for adults, $7 for military personnel and senior citizens age 60 and older, and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. Children younger than 2 are admitted free.

 

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