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“Leisurely Stroll Through Locomotive History”

Galveston Island Railroad Museum and Terminal
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Galveston Island and Houston Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #12 of 103 things to do in Galveston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 7 January 2014

A wonderful experience for an individual or bring the entire family - this museum has something for everyone!

Start your visit off inside, where life-size statues of passengers draw you back to yesteryear, when locomotive transport was the main mode of transportation. This inner portion of the museum houses vintage china from various rail cars, as well as photographs from the timeline of the museum itself. There's an adorable gift-shop inside as well, that was once the train station's newspaper stand!

Once outside, find yourself amongst historic trains from past to present. There are several open and available to peruse. They are constantly working on preserving each train, so multiple trips to this museum is a must, as you never know which train will be open to explore!

Just around the corner is a small but worth seeing, model train exhibit. One of the employees informed us they were still adding to this exhibit, so it continues to grow!

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

I have always been fascinated by trains, as this museum gives you a feel for what it was like back in the day to travel by rail. There are 4 rails full of old train cars, some of which you could clamber all over. I found myself sitting in an old seat of a passenger car or stretched out on a musty bed in a sleeper car to get the feel for what it must of been like to travel back in the early 20th century. I have to say this experience is unparalleled. In addition the old train station is restored and there are life sized plaster casts scattered about that give an example of travels that may have passed through.

This museum was hit hard by Ike, and the restoration has been extensive thus far and a shout out should be given to the voluteers that have helped with this. In my opinion this museum is a must do in Galveston, and I guarantee you will be able to occupy a few hours at it. The children I saw were literally having the best time of their lives with smiles ear to ear while climbing in and on caboos's and steam engines.

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

I didn't really know what to expect, when we got to the museum. When we got there the staff was clearly very enthusiastic about working there and took great pride in their work.
The museum itself is very well put together and rather interesting. The train station is really well done and maintained and the trains that are open, are totally open. So you can drawl around and climb up in all kinds of things, unlike other museums where you're looking through plexiglass.
Overall this is one of the better museums I've been to around the world.

Thank utpilot
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

A good number of the trains were not open and there are not that many to look at to begin with. A lot of them did not have their interior lights on so you couldn't read the information cards, scant as they were. No where do they bother to tell you that a quarter of the exhibits are closed. Pay full price and get short shifted on the displays. Even the train ride is just up and down the same tracks with and old yard engine. If you are on a budget you might want to put this last on your list.

Thank SevernSound
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

During an extended family, post-Thanksgiving weekend in Galveston, we attended the Galveston Island Railroad Museum. We had seniors, adults, one teenage and 5 grandchildren between 11 and 3. We had a large enough group that we got a "group discount" of $0.50 off each admission. Everyone including the adults thoroughly enjoyed the museum. The working model railroad exhibit was a hit. The little ones kept pushing to button to activate it. Inside the old terminal, they enjoyed the working train crossing signals and the plaster cast patrons. We took several photos of grandchildren posing with various plaster figures. The actual train cars and engines which you can climb in and on were real favorites. It was a good time by all.

1  Thank MaroonDawg67
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