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.
$10 (Over 12) - combo ticket (Museum and Horseshoe)
$8 (Combo ticket)
Seniors $9 (Over 62)
Pets aren't allowed, except service animals.
There's a lovely picnic spot at Horseshoe Curve if you want to bring your own lunch.
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.
Free entry for school groups from K - 12! Teachers and bus drivers, that includes you!
The Visitors Center has a lovely gift shop filled with souvenirs for every railroad buff: from books to hats and sweatshirts.
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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.
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