Museum of the American Railroad

 
 
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Voted “Best Railroad Museum in TX, OK, AR, LA, KS, and MO,” by Cowcatcher 2012 Gold Rail Awards!

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.

The Museum has embarked on its most ambitious project to date, the relocation of collections and operations from Dallas’ Fair Park to Frisco, Texas – a suburb 30 miles to the north.  The 1.8 acre Fair Park location was closed in November of 2011 to prepare the historic structures and rolling stock for movement.  The Frisco site is currently under construction. 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.  For additional information about the move, click the Frisco tab above.

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Travelers Advisory:


The Museum's Frisco site is currently under construction, however fall walking tours are available Saturdays at 11am & 1pm, weather permitting, starting on September 13, 2014.


Please visit our interim exhibits at the Frisco Heritage Museum two blocks north.

Museum of the American Railroad
Interim Offices, Exhibits, and
Museum Store
  Located in the Frisco Heritage Museum
6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034
(214) 428-0101

Heritage Museum Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, 1pm - 5pm

Please phone Artreach Booking Service to schedule educational programs or in-class presentations
(214) 219-2049

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BNSF Railway, Martin Marietta, and the Museum of the American Railroad Team Up to Save a Piece of TX History
After 65 years of faithful service, the Martin Marietta (formerly TXI) Midlothian Cement Plant’s locomotive #2447 will move to its new home and use as an educational resource at the Museum of the American Railroad this weekend.  It had reached the end of its career, but unlike most trains at the end of their usefulness, the engine did not fall victim of the scrapper's torch.  In fact, the scrapper is credited with initiating the effort to save the engine.

Autumn at the Railroad Museum
The Museum of the American Railroad will provide autumn guided tours of a portion of its new facilities in Frisco beginning September 13 through November 22.  Autumn at the Railroad Museum will consist of guided tours of select cars and locomotives at 11:00am and 1:00pm Saturdays, weather permitting.

Get Up & Give! 2014
Get up and Shout!  Get up and Cheer!  Get up and Give! Let's build this Railroad Museum!

Thursday, September 18 from 6am to midnight is North Texas Giving Day, an annual event that benefits non-profits.  The Museum of the American Railroad is proud to participate again this year.  This is your opportunity to contribute to the Museum and its expansion of facilities and programs in North Texas.

2014/2015 Educational Programs!
The Museum of the American Railroad released its 2014/2015 Educational Program Directory today.  The Directory includes five programs targeted to local schools: four spanning grades K through 11, and a fifth offering internship opportunities for high school seniors and college students.  The Directory also highlights five new programs currently in development for the 2015/2016 academic year.

Museum Participates in Frisco's MindBender Academy

The Museum of the American Railroad's STEM-based programs were well received at this year's MindBender Academy in Frisco.  The annual week-long summer camp, a public private partnership aimed toward encouraging careers in technology fields, took place at Frisco's Career and Technical Education Center.


National Train Day Activities

In celebration of National Train Day, May 10, 2014, the Museum of the American Railroad will provide guided tours of select railroad passenger cars at its new facility in Frisco, Texas.  Visitors will get a sneak preview of the new Museum site and tour historic rail cars from the Golden Age of rail travel. 

Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 3-12.  Visitors must purchase admission at the Frisco Heritage Museum (6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034), where additional exhibits and presentations will be featured as part of National Train Day.


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Amtrak: America's Railroad for 40 Years!
In celebration of Amtrak’s 40th anniversary, America’s Railroadsm is offering the public an opportunity to view an Exhibit Train, a unique traveling display showcasing the railroad’s history.  The train will be on display January  7th-8th at the Amtrak Station (1001 Jones Street) in downtown Fort Worth.  Event hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

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