Seashore Trolley Museum Kennebunkport
Where is it at?
Seashore Trolley Museum
195 Log Cabin Road
Tel: 207 967 2800
Where are we going today?
The Seashore Trolley Museum is the oldest and largest museum of its type. It was founded in 1939 with one open trolley car, No. 31 from the Biddeford & Saco Railroad Company. Since then the Museum's collections have grown to over 250 vehicles encompasing all forms of mass transit, including selected examples from Canada, Europe and the far east. The Museum offers tours of exhibits in three carbarns and "History in Motion" rides on restored historic streetcars. Visitors have access to a balcony over looking the workplace in Town House Retoration Workshop where they can "Watch the Magic Happen" as derelicts are brough back to life. Your ticket is good for day. A typical Museum visitation lasts about an hour and a half. If you are a rail or transit enthusiast your visit is apt to last all day.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 5 years.
When can we go?
The Museum is open 10am to 5pm 7 days a week from Memorial Day through to Columbus Day. We're also o
Contact the Museum for advance information and to make a reservation for your visit. .
Bring your own picnic. Tables are provided in several locations on the Museum grounds. Snacks, soft drinks and selected Ice Cream products are sold in the Museum Store..
There are several stores that sell healthy food items located within 3 miles of the Museum. .
Any Top Tips?
Seashore Trolley Museum is an outdoor Museum. So be prepared to walk between buildings of vehicles on display and outdoor exhibits on dirt and gravel paths. If the weather is inclememt you will need to be dressed accordingly..
Doing our bit
The streetcar that are used to transport visitors at tha Museum are green machines. They are solely elecrically operated. Maine electric power is 40% generated by renwable resources..
Need a little extra help?
We do operate a streetcar which is handicapped accessible. Advance notice of your visit is required to assure that the specific car is in service..
Can I get one of those?
Thre Museum Store stocks a unique variety of books, videos, models and souvenirs relating to the transit industry..
What people are saying?
by Mark O
Need at least a half-a-day to explore.
Take the trolley ride out and back into the woods.
The extensive 'gift shop' is like NOTHING you've ever seen and takes you back to a bygone era when trolleys WERE the public transportation, and nearly every major city had one.
The out-buildings are packed full, but may not appeal to little ones.
But - there is a playroom in the central building JUST for the kids.
Small fee. Clean. Safe.
Good to over-cast (non-beach) days.
by Anne Goshdigian
I took my grandchildren--ages 4 and 5--to the Seashore Trolley Museum last summer, and what a wonderful experience it was! We all loved riding through the countryside on the restored cars; the open-sided one was their favorite. One highlight for them was being able to ring the trolley bell. They were fascinated by all the signs and signals along the route, listened with interest to the motorman's history of the cars and the line, and had a great time exploring in the "hands-on" room. The gift shop had several reasonably-priced souvenir items. We...Read More
by P Meyer
74 years in the making, it places a slice of history out in the woods of Kennebunkport, ME. Good people are there, and it gives an honest depiction of a time when seashore trolleys were the way to get to work or to fun. Note: without trolleys you wouldn't have suburbs!
by Tim Heerboth
I was in the boston area with some friends looking for museums and breweries. I found the trolley museum, and someone had given it a poor review calling it a "scrap yard disguised as a museum". Naturally we had to hit it up. We ended up spending 5 hours there looking at tons of cool vehicles and trolleys, riding the restored 1895 and 1965 trolleys, and checking out what they were working on in the restoration shop. Well worth a visit.
by Timothy Shaw
I haven't been in over 10 years so my rating is based on my memory of the place.
by Anne Goshdigian
I took my grandchildren--ages 4 and 5--to the Seashore Trolley Museum last summer, and what a wonderful experience it was! We all loved riding through the countryside on the restored cars; the open-sided one was their favorite. One highlight for them was being able to ring the trolley bell. They were fascinated by all the signs and signals along the route, listened with interest to the motorman's history of the cars and the line, and had a great time exploring in the "hands-on" room. The gift shop had several reasonably-priced souvenir items. We brought our lunch, and ate it in the sunshine at one of the outdoor picnic tables. The cost for all this?: $8 for me as a senior, free for the kids as they were both under age 6. What a bargain for an afternoon of fun.
Special note here: All the volunteer staff were really good, but highest praise to motorman Andy Garabedian. He was so friendly and funny that the kids still talk about him almost a year later. They prize a photograph that I took of them with him, and he took a beautiful picture of the kids and I on the trolley--so nice that their parents had it framed for me as a Christmas gift. Thanks, Andy!