Museum of the American Railroad

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Founded in 1963, the Museum of the American Railroad is a not-for-profit Texas corporation dedicated to celebrating the heritage and exploring the future of railroads through historic preservation, research, and educational programming. The museum collects artifacts and archival material from the railroad industry to exhibit and interpret their significance in American life and culture. Exhibits and general programs are provided year-round.  Educational programs are available to local schools and universities through study trips, in-class programming & outreach, and online resources.

In its most ambitious project to date, the Museum closed its location in Dallas’ Fair Park to relocate its collections and operations 30 miles north to Frisco, Texas. The Frisco site is currently under construction and access to the locomotive and rolling stock collection is limited to scheduled tours. For more information on tours, please see the “Tour Information and Directions” page under the Visit tab above. Additionally, the Museum currently maintains interim offices, exhibits, and retail at the Frisco Heritage Museum located a few hundred yards north of the new, permanent site.

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Visit Us:

Enjoy our Interim Exhibits and Museum Store at the Frisco Heritage Museum - 6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034.

Wed - Sat, 10am - 5pm
Sun, 1pm - 5pm

Walking Tours:

Guided tours of the Museum's new site are available on a limited basis during Phase II Construction.  Click here for dates & times.

Educational Programs:

Contact ArtReach at 214-219-2049 to arrange field trips, group tours, and in-class presentations.

For more information, phone the Museum at 214-428-0101.


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Stream-Liner Rolls into Frisco!

What’s 850 feet long, 16 feet high, and weighs 1.4 million pounds?  It’s the new Stream-Liner Education Center at the Museum of the American Railroad!

The Museum is pleased to announce the arrival of ten “Highliner” double deck commuter rail cars.  Just retired from Metra, Chicago’s regional commuter authority, the cars will be used as immersion experience classrooms, as well as host special events and community activities within the Museum’s new facility in Frisco. 

Family Fun is #1 at Day Out with Thomas!
Favorites and new faces join in on the fun of Day Out with Thomas 2016 in Grapevine, April 1-3 & 8-10!  The Museum of the American Railroad and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad pride themselves in bringing guests topnotch performances and entertainment each year, and this year we have expanded!

2016 Winter Walking Tour Schedule!
Demand for guided walking tours of the Museum's new Frisco facility has been strong throughout 2015!  We are pleased to announced a continuation of these tours for 2016.  Beginning Thursday, January 7th, walking tours will resume each Thursday at 1pm and each Saturday at 11am & 1pm  through March 26th.  

Day Out with Thomas 2016!
Want to travel to the Island of Sodor and spend time with Thomas the Tank Engine, Sir Topham Hatt, and their fans?  Bring your little Engineers to Day Out with Thomas in Grapevine for a memory-making experience like no other!

Pipe – and lots of it!
Nearly half-a-mile of drainage pipe was delivered to the Museum’s new Frisco facility today; enough to accommodate storm water associated with construction of exhibit tracks 6, 7, and 8. 

While there is much excitement about the impending construction of exhibit tracks at the Museum, certain utilities are essential before these improvements can take place.  Enter, Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) and Longhorn, Inc., who generously provided storm drainage pipe at a greatly reduced price to the Museum.

Santa's Express!
Santa Express! is a family event hosted by the Museum of the American Railroad at its new site in Frisco, Texas.  Join us at our train collection site adjacent to the Frisco Discovery Center (8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034) for trains, music, arts & crafts, family fun and most importantly – take a selfie with Santa Claus aboard his red Santa Fe caboose!

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