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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Amtrak's Exhibit Train Coming to Frisco, Texas!
All Aboard Frisco! On Saturday, September 24, the Amtrak Exhibit Train is pulling into the Museum of the American Railroad from 10am – 5pm. Meet us at the museum and come aboard for a self-guided tour through Amtrak’s past, present and future.

2016 Summer Walking Tour Schedule!
Guided walking tours of the Museum's new Frisco facility are back!  We are pleased to announce the 2016 Summer Walking Tour schedule.  Tours will run each Thursday and Saturday at 10am & 11:30am from June 9th through September 3rd.  

A Big Thank You from the Day Out with Thomas Crew!
A big thank you from the staff to all of our guests that attended this year’s Day Out with Thomas in Grapevine!

"TACAboose" Moves to Frisco!
The Little Red Caboose that Keeps on Giving! 

There was a time, not long ago, when the passage of a freight train was punctuated by a caboose and a friendly wave from a railroader.  While cabooses have been relegated to the history books, their lore lives on. 

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. 

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.

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