The National Railroad Museum

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  2. January 24, 2013 5:26 pm

The National Railroad Museum

The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay Offers Railroading History Lessons

The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay began in 1956 when local people decided they wanted to memorialize railroad culture and lifestyle and educate people about the importance of railroads in the progress of our nation. Two years after the museum opened, the U.S. Congress recognized it as a National museum. There are over 75,000 visitors every year who tour the museum to learn about railroading and to ride on a train and see the interactive exhibits.

Such displays as the Pullman Porter exhibit educate people about the profound impact railroads and railroading had on American life. Featuring artifacts, personal items and rail cars, visitors get a true feel for the stories of American Pullman Porters. Guests also come away with new knowledge of the American Civil Rights Movement and political culture throughout history.

The museum is located on 33 beautiful acres in Green Bay, along the historic Fox River. Dutchman’s creek is nearby, giving this museum a pretty, almost park type of setting. Visitors can take a train ride and sit in the cab of the world’s largest steam locomotive called the Union Pacific Big Boy. There are also hobo lunches available so visitors can experience dining the way railroaders did in centuries past.

Touring the museum, guests will find interactive exhibits including computer kiosks which help them in their understanding of railroad life. These exhibits also help people to have a deeper understanding of the artifacts they are seeing on display.

Tours are available individually as self guided tours, or as small group tours. These interesting rail cars and locomotives span over a century of American Railroading. Train rides which are available from May 1st through September 30th, and on weekends in October, take visitors on an interesting 25 minute tour of the museum and the grounds.

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