2020 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.

Railroading Merit Badge Workshops

Saturday, February 22, 2020: Registration begins January 24, 2020.  SOLD OUT!
Saturday, March 28, 2020: Registration begins February 28, 2020.  CANCELLED.
Saturday, September 12, 2020: Registration begins August 14, 2020. CANCELLED.
Saturday, November 14, 2020: Registration begins October 16, 2020.

Individual students ages 11 to 17, accompanied by an adult, earn a railroading merit badge in one day.  Learn more.


Reading On The Rails

Saturday, March 7, 2020

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! Learn more.

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Charter Day

Sunday, March 8, 2020

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 4, 2020


Reading Railroad Days

RESCHEDULED FOR Sunday, August 30 – Saturday, September 5, 2020

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

Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17, 2020, Ages 9 & 10.  CANCELLED. 
Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31, 2020, Ages 11 & 12.  CANCELLED.

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!  Registration begins March 10, 2020.  Learn more and register.

Model Railroading Days

Saturday, August 15 & Sunday, August 16, 2020


The young and the young at heart, the novice and the veteran railroader together will enjoy operating model train layouts as well as demonstrations and other activities.

Railroad Heritage Day

Saturday, September 12, 2020

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.

Members Day

Saturday, September 26, 2020


Museum members enjoy special members-only presentations and other great railroad-related activities.  Also held is the annual business meeting of the membership.  A not-to-be-missed evening banquet honoring volunteers, members and other special friends caps off a full day.  Advance registration is required.

Garden Railways Tour

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Enjoy this self-guided tour of various private homes, featuring unique garden railways with operating model train layouts.

Trains & Treats

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Kids go from train to train in the Museum and enjoy lots of fun, seasonal activities, tours and treats.  Come in Halloween costume, if you like.  No tricks!

Trains & Troops

Saturday, November 7 & Sunday, November 8, 2020

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.

1940s Swing Dance

Saturday, November 7, 2020

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.

Home For The Holidays

Saturday, December 5 & Saturday, December 12, 2020

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.

Christmas With The Conductor Parties

Saturday, December 5 & Saturday, December 12, 2020

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.