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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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!

Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust to Fund Preservation of Historic Santa Fe Locomotives
The Museum of the American Railroad (MAR) has been awarded a grant from the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust which will allow for the acquisition and preservation of four historically significant diesel locomotives – three of which operated on the Santa Fe Railway.

BNSF, Progress Rail, and Gandydancer Services Team up to Install a New Main Line Switch
When the Museum of the American Railroad completed its 18-month move of its 45-piece rolling stock collection from Fair Park to Frisco in 2013, the temporary connection to BNSF’s main line was removed.  The connection, which had been a gift of the Railroad, was essential in establishing the new Museum.  When the switch was removed, negotiations began to create a permanent connection in its place.  Through the generosity and cooperation of BNSF, along with contributions from manufacturers and rail contractors, a permanent connection will be re-established, enabling the Museum to move cars and locomotives to and from its new home.

Announcing Autumn & Winter 2015 Walking Tours!
Guided tours of the Museum of the American Railroad’s new facilities have been extended through December 5th.  Due to the strong response throughout the summer, tours of a portion of the historic rolling stock collection will take place each Thursday at 1pm and each Saturday at 11am & 1pm September 3rd through December 5th The Museum will be closed Thursday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving, and will not hold a walking tour that day. 

Save the Date!!!  North Texas Giving Day, 2015 is on the Way!
Here’s your opportunity to make a big difference in the Museum of the American Railroad’s programming and events in the community.  North Texas Giving Day is an online event hosted by the Communities Foundation of Texas that benefits North Texas non-profit organizations, including the Museum!

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