Museum of the American Railroad

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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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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 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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Educational Program Directory!

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


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Announcing Sponsorships for the Sanders Layout Relocation to Frisco
The generous gift of a 2,500 sq. ft. operating G-scale model train layout by the Sanders family of Dallas has generated great excitement in North Texas!  Now that the City of Frisco has assured a home for the layout in the Discovery Center and a plan for its relocation has been created, the last component is raising funds to accomplish the project.

Family Fun is #1 at Day Out with Thomas!
Favorites and new faces join in on the fun of Day Out with Thomas 2017 in Grapevine, March 31-April 2 & April 7-9!  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!

2017 Spring Walking Tour Schedule is Here!
We are pleased to announce the 2017 Spring Walking Tour schedule

Games & Trains Summer Camp is Here!
The Museum of the American Railroad has teamed up with the National Videogame Museum to bring summer campers the best of both worlds! Trains and videogames! 

Campers can enroll for this weekly, repeating camp to experience hands-on access to one of the largest collections of rail cars and locomotives in the country, gaming experiments, coding, circuit building and more!  If your camper is a fan of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics this is the camp for you!

Sanders Family of North Dallas Donates Spectacular Model Train Layout
We’ve received several offers of model railroad layouts over the years, and have had to graciously turn them down due to a lack of space.  But, one came along recently that was an offer we simply couldn’t refuse.  While our long-range plans have always included a model train layout, we assumed it would be in our yet-to-be-constructed permanent building.

Day Out with Thomas 2017!
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!

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