All Aboard! Learn about Pennsylvania’s railroad heritage through the use of hands-on activities, primary sources, vintage vehicles and artifacts from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
We are more than just a history museum. Our education programs satisfy specific academic standards in history, math, science, language arts, geography, economics, and the arts.
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Price: $7.00 per student. For every 5 students, 1 chaperone is admitted free. Additional chaperones are $9.00 per person.
Working on the Railroad “A” (Recommended for Preschool-Grade 3/Ages 4-8)
Students will get their tickets at a train station, get their tickets punched aboard a passenger car, build a section of railroad track, and shovel coal into a steam locomotive’s firebox. (90 minutes)
Working on the Railroad “B” (Recommended for Grades 4-5/Ages 9-10)
Students will sort mail as railway postal clerks, inspect trains as freight conductors, use flag signals as brakemen, and load and unload baggage from a passenger train as baggage handlers. (90 minutes)
Parade of Power Tour (Recommended for Grades 9-12/Ages 14-18)
Students will explore the innovations that made railroads faster, safer, and more efficient. Along the way, they will see what these innovations meant for those who worked or rode on the railroad. During the tour, students will be invited to climb aboard some of the locomotives and rail cars from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s collection. (60 minutes)
Working on the Railroad (Various Audiences; 20-25 participants maximum; 60-90 minutes)
Participants will be able to interact with many hands-on visual aids and artifacts, like tools, lanterns, uniform items, dining car china, and ticket punches, to explore the various jobs in railroading.
Live Steam Demonstration (Various Audiences; 20-25 participants maximum; 60-90 minutes)
Using a miniature working steam model, an instructor will demonstrate the physics of steam locomotion. With the help of historic artifacts, photos and other visual aids, participants will explore the evolution of locomotion, from steam to electric to diesel-electric.
K’NEX Rail Lab (Various Audiences; 20-25 participants maximum; 60-90 minutes)
Working in small groups, students use K’NEX bridge building kits and other learning aids to explore the engineering behind railroad bridges.
Railroad Slideshows (Various Audiences; 100 participants maximum; 30-60 minutes)
Do you need a guest speaker for a dinner, meeting or special event? Our popular railroad-themed slide lectures are designed for the enjoyment of those attending business meetings, banquets, and other social gatherings. Several titles are available. Please call to inquire.
Group Admission (Various Audiences)
Price: $6.00 per student. For every 5 students, 1 chaperone is admitted free. Additional chaperones are $9.00 per person.
For groups with limited time or who would rather walk around on their own, another option is a self-guided walking tour. Group rates are available. Optional scavenger hunt sheets are also available upon request. For more information, please contact a Museum Educator.
Open daily until 3:30 pm
Discover something exciting for all ages in Stewart Junction: The Railway Education Center. Stewart Junction is filled with many fun and challenging interactive exhibits relating to railroading culture and heritage. Highlights include: a G-scale interactive switching layout, a LEGO building zone, and an exhibit on railroads in popular culture. An interactive freight station office puts visitors in the shoes of a railroad freight agent, determining what freight car to use and the cost to ship different goods.
To schedule a program, please contact:
Juliette O’Connor, Museum Educator, (717) 687-8628, ext 3025, or by email here.
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