National New York Central Railroad Museum

Elkhart, IN

Where are we going?

National New York Central Railroad Museum
721 South Main Street


What is there to do?

It's your timetable to the past with a visit to the National New York Central Railroad Museum!

At this fascinating museum, the whole family can journey through the history books, as you explore exhibits that recapture the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ambassadors of goodwill across the country!

Here's a fun face kids, did you know that New York Central was once the second-largest railroad in the US, with 11,000 route miles of track across eleven states and even two Canadian provinces? How amazing is that?

The National New York Central Railroad Museum was founded in 1987 and is an ever growing preserver of both local and national railroad heritage. When you arrive, you get to enter the museum through a 1915 passenger coach, which is often a hit with the kids!

This area introduces a timeline to the local railroad history beginning in 1833 with the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern RR, and tracing it through 1914, when the New York Central gained control of the LSMS. 

During your time at the museum, you can explore a 1937-built streamlined observation car, as well as an interactive display of a Mohawk steam locomotive, complete with bell, whistle, and throttle sounds, so you can really live your dream of becoming a locomotive engineer!

Kids also love checking out the many railroad-related videos, including Thomas the Tank Engine! 

The New York Central Railroad Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ambassadors of goodwill across the country.

At the end of the coach, the path leads through the Central System Gift Shop and into the museum's main gallery in an 100 year old freight house complex.

So choo choo choose to spend the day exploring this iconic railroad museum. Grab those conductor hats, kids, it's time to depart the station for a day of FUN!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $6

Children: $5 (Ages 4 to 12 years)

Discount: Seniors $5

Free Under: 3 years


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call if you have any questions about the accessibility of the museum, they will be happy to help answer any questions!


When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm - 4pm Sunday

Closed Mondays and Major Holidays


Any top tips?

If you plan to visit a few times, check out the membership, as you get great value for money, and plenty of perks!

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