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Railroaders Memorial Museum Altoona

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Railroaders Memorial Museum
1300 Ninth Ave.
Altoona
PA
16602
Tel: 814 9460834

Directions

The museum and horseshoe curve are just a 6 mile drive apart. From the museum at 1300 9th Ave in Altoona, turn right to 17th Street, then turn right again. After one block, travel onto Margaret Ave. This leads into Broad Ave, then turn right onto 40th St. Follow "Heritage Route" and the Horseshoe Curve signs.

The museum has a parking lot.

Where are we going today?

Choo Choo!  All aboard the Railroaders Memorial Museum!

Kids and families can take a step back in time, and enjoy the historic world of the railroad. - especially the Pennsylvania Railroad, and understand and celebrate the lives of the Railroaders and their families, and the influence they had on American life and industry. 

If you travel by train to get to the museum, you know who to thank!

Train lovers will certainly be in their element, and kids will love the fact it's America's only interactive railroaders museum!

You can read tales of all the challenges the workers faced and overcame, as they completed the rail tracks through the rough terrains of the Allegheny Mountains.  You can take the drive through the very areas they would have worked!

Then, when you come to the Horseshoe Curve, you can enjoy one of the worlds most impressive engineering feasts.  You can enjoy a ride in the Funicular, or walk the 194 steps (if you are feeling energetic try and do it without stopping!) to get to the tracks for a front seat view of the trains main wonder!

It's also a great place to have a lovely picnic with the family!

Did you know the Horseshoe curve opened in 1854, and the total length is 2375 feet!  Pretty impressive! 

The museum also offer FREE school field trips for those from K to 12 (teachers and even bus drivers are free too!).  The museum has 3 full floors of fascinating exhibits, a movie theatre and a lunch room.

 

All aboard! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10 (Over 12) - combo ticket (Museum and Horseshoe)
  • Children$8 (Combo ticket)
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm/6pm. / Sundays 12pm - 4pm. Times change seasonally so check before you

April to November (December for museum) . Closed Easter. Closed weekdays Oct and Nov.

Teachers corner

Free entry for school groups from K - 12! Teachers and bus drivers, that includes you! .

I'm Hungry!

There's a lovely picnic spot at Horseshoe Curve if you want to bring your own lunch. .

Any Top Tips?

Pets aren't allowed, except service animals. .

Can I get one of those?

The Visitors Center has a lovely gift shop filled with souvenirs for every railroad buff: from books to hats and sweatshirts. .

What people are saying?

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    An interactive museum but lacking in showing the various lives of workers of where they lived, what did they bring to work in those lunch buckets, what distinguished workers by the clothing they wore, and what type of health issues arose in the manufacturing facilities? Give people insight of the work life of these workers.

    E. Henry

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    What A Joke of a organization.. HSC isnt worth goin to, payin $7 for a crappy view of the curve. I miss the old HSC.

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    By first look my teenage boys didn't think it looked all that intresting but as soon as u go in... its amazing and very interactive my boys had a blast. Must revisit... was fun

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    A must do if you're in the area. The gift shop has a good selection of railroad related merchandise. The museum is great and tells the history of the PRR in Altoona.

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    A very interactive museum. Tells lots of history about the PRR. The equipment displayed outside is not in the best of shape though. Great selection in the gift shop as well. Plus if you pay admission here, it also gets you into Horseshoe Curve park for free.

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