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Monticello Railway Museum

Monticello, IL

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Address: 992 Iron Horse Ln, Monticello, IL 61856, USA How do we get there? Number: 217 762-9011
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About this activity

Choo Choo...we can hear those trains from here! For all those train lovers in the family, the Monticello Railway Museum might just be your thing!

It's an all-volunteer organization, which means that the staff there LOVE what they do, and will always be super happy to help out with anything you want to know - a great learning experience for kids!

The museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting all that they find about the fascinating history of railroading and of course, trains. What's great about the museum is their large collection of rail cars that the kids can get right up close to and explore!

From Canadian National trains, to Mississippi Partners, to Wheelers, Boom Cars, to Pile Drivers (we know if you have heard of all of those then this museum definitely is for you!) - they have an incredibly expensive collection of rail cars. 

But what would a museum about trains be, without offering train rides for those super keen conductors in training? The Monticello Railway Museum offers super fun train rides on the weekends, between the months of May and October - regardless of the weather. That's what we like to hear!

The museum also hold a number of special events across the year, which are always fun for the family. Perhaps you want to be the engineer of the train? Then you better make sure you make it down for Throttle Time! You can ride behind their restored 1907 vintage steam locomotive during the 401 in Steam exhibit, and you can do something special for Mom or Dad during the Mother's Day Weekend and Fathers Day Weekend.

And what is July 4 without a fireworks special! Don't forget to check out the Railroad Days events, where you get UNLIMITED rides on their vintage passenger train - how amazing!

Grab those conductor hats, because the Monticello Railway Museum is ready for their new recruits! All aboard!

Activity location


The museum is located at 992 Iron Horse Place, which is just near Hwy 72.

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How much does it cost?






$6.00 (Ages 2 - 12)



Seniors $8


Free Under

2 years old. (with adult fare)


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Monticello Railway Museum FAQ’s

The museum are dedicated to collecting and preserving items from locomotive history, so by visiting the museum you are helping them keep the education going for all who visit!

Why not take some sandwiches or snacks and make a day or it, and enjoy lunch at the museum?

Why not have a birthday party there! Your child's friends might love spending the day with all the cool locomotives and train rides! Send them an email for more information. How fun!

On certain days of the year they hold "School Days" where students can ride the diesel powered train - pretty cool!

It's always great to keep water and healthy snacks on you because you never know how long you will be there and we don't want that energy to be wearing out!

Before you go, give them a call about any disabilities you may have to see what access there is for you. They'll be happy to help!

Some events have an additional cost to the train rides.

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