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Founded in 1962, 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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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 rolling stock site are available on scheduled dates and times.  Click here for the current tour schedule and details.  Self-guided tours are not available at this time.  Guided tours are only available on posted dates (above).

Educational Programs:

Contact the Museum at 214-428-0101 to arrange field trips, group tours, and in-class presentations.

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


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Historic Santa Fe Locomotives Arrive in Frisco


It’s been nearly three decades in the making! Four historically significant diesel locomotives have finally arrived at their permanent home at the Museum of the American Railroad, three of which came from the Santa Fe Railway’s historic collection. Their arrival is the culmination of a successful partnership between two railroad museums 2,000 miles apart – a project that began before our historic move to Frisco.

Day Out with Thomas Returns!
Thomas the Tank Engine will chug into the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in historic downtown Grapevine (705 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051) April 13-15 and 20-22, 2018.  Thomas & Friends will celebrate the Big Adventure Tour with all of their North Texas friends!  Tickets are available at TicketWeb by phoning toll free 1-866-468-76301-866-468-7630 or online by clicking here.

Condit Family Brings Steam back to Frisco!
What has been missing from Frisco during all the unprecedented growth? It is the sights, sounds, and smell of a steam locomotive – the very thing that started it all back in 1902 when the community was formed!
Frisco residents, Phil and Geda Condit, want to make sure new generations of Frisco families and visitors alike can experience the thrill of a real, live steam locomotive. That’s why the family commissioned a brand new miniature-sized working engine and donated it to the Museum of the American Railroad. 

Autumn Walking Tour Schedule Announced!
Looking for something fun and unique to do this autumn?  Walking Tours of the Museum's rolling stock site will be available each Thursday and Friday at 1pm and Saturdays at 11am & 1pm October 5 through December 30.  There will be no tours November 23-24 due to the Thanksgiving holidayWe've added Fridays to the walking tour schedule as we continue to expand our programming.  As we complete future phases of construction, the Museum will add additional days and times to the schedule.

SMU's DeGolyer Library Donates Thousands of Duplicate Photos
The DeGolyer Library Special Collections at Southern Methodist University in Dallas recently donated their duplicate photograph collection of railroad subjects to the Museum of the American Railroad. Included are images from lines throughout North America spanning some 100 years of railroading during the twentieth century.

2017 Summer Walking Tour Schedule is Here!
Summer "Training" is in full swing at the Museum of the American Railroad!  We are very pleased to expand our walking tour schedule for the Summer of 2017!  This summer, Walking Tours of the Museum's rolling stock site will be available each Thursday and Friday at 11am and Saturdays at 10am & 11am through September 30.  

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