Monticello Railway Museum

Monticello, IL

Where are we going?

Monticello Railway Museum
992 Iron Horse Ln
IL 61856

217 762-9011

What is there to do?

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!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $10.00

Children: $6.00 (Ages 2 - 12)

Discount: Seniors $8

Free Under: 2 years old. (with adult fare)


Need a little extra help?

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!


When can we go?

Train departures are 4 times a day on the weekend.

May - October


Any top tips?

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!

I’m Hungry!

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

Healthy Eating

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! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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