2017 Events

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania offers special events throughout the year, appealing to all interests and all ages.  Museum members receive free admission to many events.  Check the website, social media or join the email list to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings.

Read Across America Day

Saturday, March 4

You’re right on track for amazing stories from very special guests throughout the day. Kids even get their very own cardboard suitcase and use it to travel from story to story!

Charter Day

Saturday, March 12

To celebrate the granting of the charter to William Penn over 300 years ago, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission invites you to Charter Day, offering free admission to all 25 of its state historical sites.

Rails & Ales

Saturday, April 8

Hop on board and join us for this evening of responsible adult fun, featuring breweries, food trucks and live music among the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s amazing historic trains! Learn more at: railsandales.org.*

Reading Railroad Days

Sunday, July 2 – Sunday, July 9

Special activities for the entire family will focus on the Reading Railroad, one of the most important historical transportation systems in eastern Pennsylvania. We’ll feature a huge, operating model train layout by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society.

Barons & Builders Day Camp

Ages 9 & 10:
Monday, July 10 – Friday 14
Ages 11 & 12:
Monday, July 24 – Friday 28

Your child can be immersed in all things railroading for five days this summer. It’s full STEAM ahead, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math!
Learn more.

Model Railroading Days

Saturday, August 19
& Sunday, August 20

Watch operating model trains in action and see static exhibits including the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders, Strasburg Model Railroad Club, Train Collectors Association Atlantic Division, James R. Rose and Gary Lee Manning.

Railroad Heritage Days

Saturday, September 9
& Sunday, September 10

Discover the amazing and diverse heritage of the industry that built our nation and continues strong today. We’ll showcase Pennsylvania’s many remarkable historical and contemporary railroads with presentations, operating model train layouts, art and photography, interpretive tours and more. Learn more.

Members Day

Saturday, September 23

For Museum members only. Presentations at the Museum during the day include “The Last Pennsylvania Interlocking Towers” by James R. Rose and “The Study of Steam” by Preston Cook. This year’s evening recognition banquet will be held at the DoubleTree Lancaster (Willow Street). Guest speaker for the banquet will be Peter Osborne, author of “The Trains of Our Memory: A History of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania 1965-2015.” Learn more.

Smithsonian Magazine
Museum Day

Saturday, September 23

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission for two people when a Museum Day Live! ticket is presented. Learn more.


Garden Railways Tour

Sunday, October 1

Enjoy this self-guided tour of various private homes, featuring unique garden railways with operating model train layouts. Tickets go on sale at the Museum on Tuesday, August 1, and at all Stauffers of Kissel Hill garden center stores on Friday, September 1. Learn more.

Trains & Troops

Saturday, November 4
& Sunday, November 5

Trains & Troops is the Museum’s annual tribute to the U. S. Armed Forces, American railroads and all those who served, and are serving, overseas and on the home front. Experience many railroad and military archival displays, patriotic music and learn the role railroads played in defense of our nation. Learn more.


1940s Swing Dance

Saturday, November 4

Jump, jive and swing to the sounds of the Moonlighters live band among the historic trains in the Museum’s Rolling Stock Hall. Come dressed in 1940s clothing or military uniform, if you like, to revive the past. Tickets go on sale at the Museum on Tuesday, August 1. Learn more.

Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 2
& Saturday, December 9

Take a nostalgic glimpse at 100 years of holiday rail travel.  Meet costumed railroaders and enjoy seasonal music and festive decorations among our world-class collection of trains. Learn more.


Christmas with
the Conductor Parties

Saturday, December 2 SOLD OUT
& Saturday, December 9 SOLD OUT

A costumed conductor will welcome your child on board one of our historic coaches for a special reading of a holiday classic story. Kids also will create a take-home craft in Jack Frost Station, send a personal telegram to the North Pole and visit Santa in Steinman Station. Registration begins Tuesday, October 24 through Friday, November 24. Learn more.


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Photography credits: *Matt Gruber