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The Alberta Railway Museum Edmonton

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The Alberta Railway Museum
24215 34th Street
Edmonton
AB
T5Y6B5
Tel: 780-472-6229

Where are we going today?

Choo Choo - are you ready to head on over to the Alberta Railway Museum for a day of locomotive fun! We certainly are!

The Alberta Railway Museum is perfect for those kids who just love train, engines, or BIG things! The museum features a collection of pretty cool vintage locomotives, which kids can actually get face to face with! The equipment is from the Canadian National Railways, and the Northern Alberta Railways, as well as the short lines and industrial railways - so there is quite a collection!

The collection has been restored, or is in the process of being restored, so kids can see the process too. It's not easy!

The main emphasis is on the cars and locomotives, but they also have some special interest exhibits too! The museum actually replicated a small terminal too, with a station, and even a water tank and shops, so even the building itself is living history!

But a railway museum that doesn't offer train rides? Oh wait...it does! The Alberta Railway Museum On certain days, you can experience an actual train ride where kids can put on their conductor hats and ride full trains, or speedier trains, depending on what is running. You even get an interpretive narrative by the conductor to tell you all about the trains and the history!

Did you know that the Alberta Railway Museum is the third latest in the entire country, and the LARGEST in Alberta? Pretty cool!

So why not choo choo choose the Alberta Railway Museum for your next family day out!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7
  • Children$3.50 (ages 3-12) & $6 (ages 13-17)
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm on opening days.

Weekends only from Victoria Day to Labour Day

Teachers corner

Give them a call to book in your classroom visiting these amazing locomotives!.

Any Top Tips?

The train rides are $5 on top of admission when available, and motor car rides are $3 when available too.

Doing our bit

They are collecting and preserving these locomotives to ensure the history keeps going, and they are run by volunteers so they are giving their time to make the museum amazing for families!.

Need a little extra help?

Many of the displays unfortunately aren't accessible due to the historical nature of them.

More information

The locomotives and trains only run on long weekends.

What people are saying?

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    Museums are not usually my favourite places to visit so when I go it is probably to take my family. This museum is different. To start with they don't put you in a building to look at "things" under glass. Rather, they let you to follow a suggested path through rail cars of various types and ages. This makes the experience more personal and real. You can climb up to the caboose, sit in the various types of passenger trains, and even enter the locomotive while trying to imagine how the men could have worked in such a hot place next to the...Read More

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    This is one of the best rail museums I've been to. Most rail museums seem to have an attitude that being open to the public is a necessary inconvenience. Not this one: we arrived 45 minutes before closing time and they stayed open to let us get through the exhibits. The museum offers a unique hands-on view of what railroads were (and are) like. The extensive walk-through "yes you can touch almost everything" tour makes it a real experience. The cost of admission is well below average ($5 per adult), but they could sure do with more money -- a lot...Read More

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by Glen B

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Museums are not usually my favourite places to visit so when I go it is probably to take my family. This museum is different. To start with they don't put you in a building to look at "things" under glass. Rather, they let you to follow a suggested path through rail cars of various types and ages. This makes the experience more personal and real. You can climb up to the caboose, sit in the various types of passenger trains, and even enter the locomotive while trying to imagine how the men could have worked in such a hot place next to the boiler. I believe that most of the staff are volunteers but that means that they want to be there and it shows. This museum is located just north of Edmonton so it is an easy drive to visit. Rides in the actual train are short and only offered on long weekends but I'm sure that younger children will still find the short ride exciting. This was my second visit to the museum and I would recommend it to anybody for a fun and educational experience. On this visit I went mainly to take photographs as the museum offers endless possibilities for creative images. They have something for everyone including a snack bar and gift shop.

by Alan Langford

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This is one of the best rail museums I've been to. Most rail museums seem to have an attitude that being open to the public is a necessary inconvenience. Not this one: we arrived 45 minutes before closing time and they stayed open to let us get through the exhibits. The museum offers a unique hands-on view of what railroads were (and are) like. The extensive walk-through "yes you can touch almost everything" tour makes it a real experience. The cost of admission is well below average ($5 per adult), but they could sure do with more money -- a lot of stock is in a state of preservation rather than restoration. The entire operation runs on admission charges, donations, and volunteers, without government assistance. Highly recommended.

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