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New Buffalo Railroad Museum

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Address: 530 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo, MI 49117-1739
Phone Number: +1 269-469-8010
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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The New Buffalo Railroad Museum, “The Little Museum That Could”, is housed...

The New Buffalo Railroad Museum, “The Little Museum That Could”, is housed in a Pere Marquette Depot replica on the historic rail yards of New Buffalo, Michigan. 3 stalls of the original 16-stall roundhouse and coal tower can be viewed. Displays include furnishings and items from the original depot and Pere Marquette and Pullman artifacts. Rail yard crew photos and equipment including lanterns are also shown. A HO scale, hand-crafted model train layout replicates a historic picture of the city in the early 1900’s. Visitors can stroll thru a restored World War II Pullman Troop Sleeper Car and a C&O Chessie Blue Box Car. Interactive children’s activities are available for different age groups. Visitors can chose to join a free guided tour or discover the museum individually. No admission, but donations are accepted.

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This is a nice museum that has some great old railroad memorabilia, along with two fullsize cars you can tour. One which is especially interesting is a WW2 troop carrier. There... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 September 2015
Bill Y
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LaPorte, Indiana
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Oak Park, Illinois
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is right on the main strip (Whitaker Road) on the way to downtown. What a great stop! Kids and adults alike will dig this. It's not a long time in there - we did the tour in an hour+, because we wanted to take in the pictures, the knobs, the train cars, et al. Really good time there. Totally... More 

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Black Hawk, South Dakota
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144 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This is a good place to walk the dog and have a picnic but it's nowhere as nice as it used to be. There was an indoor shopping area that is closed and locked now. The museum only has a couple of outside exhibits, although the troop carrier is something you don't see very often. New Buffalo has had a... More 

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Union Pier, Michigan
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

The NBRM is a gem of a museum. There are lots of interesting artifacts and creative displays that tell of the local history--yes there is an emphasis on the railroads impact on that history, but this is MUCH MORE than a railroad museum. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable about area attractions if you find yourself looking for more... More 

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Kim W, Manager at New Buffalo Railroad Museum, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed yourself at our "Little Museum That Could"! More 

Newport News, Virginia
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

The lady which welcomed us was very friendly. The museum is small but interesting. I recommend that you do the tour which is about 20 minutes. It was fun to go out back and walk around in actual train cars.

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Sawyer, Michigan
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74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

This small, family firiendly museum is a great find. If you like to learn a little history of the place you are visiting or love, this is it. Staff is great.

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North of Chicago, IL
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54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

It was cold, rainy and just a bummer of a day so perfect for checking out this place! It is a not for profit train museum and there is a lovely lady running it who gives a free tour. She is very knowledgeable and we enjoyed it very much. I cant remember if there is a fee to get in... More 

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Kim W, Executive Director at New Buffalo Railroad Museum, responded to this review

So glad you discovered the New Buffalo Railroad Museum! We appreciate your enthusiastic review. You were correct- the Museum is donation based and does not charge an admission fee. Thank you for your support! More 

LaPorte, Indiana
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187 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

This is a nice museum that has some great old railroad memorabilia, along with two fullsize cars you can tour. One which is especially interesting is a WW2 troop carrier. There also is a nice HO layout you can see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015

This is a very quick trip, but if you have little ones that like trains, it will make them happy. The military cars are very hot if you are there in the dead of summer-

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Our 3 year old loved the museum! It is small but has a lot to see. He enjoyed watching the trains. This is a good place to check out if you have a little train lover in your life!

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

We took the kids who are 5 and 3. They have a small museum with lots crammed into it so you have to watch little hands. But we all enjoyed looking through the train cars. There's some cool WW2 stuff in there as well. Definitely worth a stop.

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