Twin City Model Railroad Museum, Saint Paul

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The Twin City Model Railroad Museum is a railroad museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States, which has a large display of model railroads. The museum has had a home in Saint Paul since 1934, where it first started as a club. In later years the museum established a home in the Saint Paul Union Depot, and later in Bandana Square. On October 16, 2015, the museum announced that it was looking for a new home. The museum subsequently announced it would be moving to a new location in spring of 2016. The museum reopened on May 17, 2016, in their new location at 668 Transfer Road, Suite 8. The new location is just south of the former Amtrak Midway Depot along the Minnesota Commercial railyard.
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  • Took my granddaughters for the Night Lights Winter display. Its an interactive, magical event that has something for everyone. For obvious reasons, you aren't allowed to touch the displays, but... 
    Took my granddaughters for the Night Lights Winter display. Its an interactive, magical event that has something for everyone. For obvious reasons, you aren't allowed to touch the displays, but...  more »
  • Excellent layout! A dedicated crew has built an excellent display with many different venues. Located in an office park, plenty of free parking. A special display we haven't seen anywhere else, they....  more
    Excellent layout! A dedicated crew has built an excellent display with many different venues. Located in an office park, plenty of free parking. A special display we haven't seen anywhere else, they....  more »
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  • Wonderful place for kids and adults alike! There are tons of interactive items for the kids (and adults who are still kids at heart) to easily keep them entertained for several hours! There are different sections throughout the museum. Some are model exhibits with buttons that make trains go or auxiliary items move around. There are a few sections that allow you to fully control the trains with a transformer of your own. Allowing you to go fast, slow, forwards or back as you see fit! Lastly There are several sections of brio trains that kiddos can have lots of fun with. For adults, there is lots of fun train history info for you to read throughout the museum as well as lots of great info on the different size model trains. Lastly, the volunteers are wonderful and will happily answer any questions you might have! The 'Train Doctor' had tons of helpful info for me on how to maintain and fix up our O-Gauge model train set at home. All and all, it's totally worth the entry fee, give it a try! You won't be disappointed!
  • The Twin City Railroad Museum is so charming! We had a fun time! My husband and I visited after having it recommended by family, even though we may not have sought it out on our own, but it was a great time. It was really interesting to read up on some train history, and I learned a lot about the different scales and types of model trains. The displays were so intricate and fun. Each one was different, and it was fun to look for little pop culture and local references. I was very impressed at the artistry involved in creating the scenes features with the buildings and figures. Very cool! By the end, we were even talking about what kind we might build in our basement one day. There were lots of chances to be interactive with the exhibits, and because of that, I think this would be a great place to bring kids (as long as you keep an eye on them - there's lots of stuff you're instructed not to touch). I hope to bring my niece and nephew here one day! At only $10 each, it was a very affordable hour of entertainment! Lots of parking and very friendly staff!

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