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Visit The National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, PA

For toy train enthusiasts and railfans, there are so many reasons to visit the National Toy Train Museum. Number one on the list? Our Museum has one of the largest collections of toy trains in the world, professionally organized and interpreted. And you can even operate some of the trains yourself!

When Are We Open?

The National Toy Train Museum operates from April to December each year, with regular hours from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and the last admission at 4:30 p.m. We are open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but mainly only on weekends in April, May, and September through December. We are open on certain additional days—please view the Museum schedule below for further details.

There are special nearby events in April and October: TCA Eastern Division’s York Train Show! Accordingly, the Museum is also open April 13–21 and October 1220. Regular 10–5 hours apply.

Please be aware that the National Toy Train Library (NTTL) has a different operating schedule than the Museum. Researchers are advised to call ahead to arrange their visit to the Library. (717) 687-8623 ext. 108. Learn More

Admission Rates & Deals

Individual Daily Rates

  • Kids under age 4: Free
  • Kids ages 4 to 11: $5.50 (Group $4.75)
  • Adults (12 to 64): $8.50 (Group $7.00)
  • Senior Citizen (65+): $8.00 (Group $7.00)
  • Military (Active or Retired): $7.50 with proper ID

Family Rates & Deals

  • Family Ticket: $25.00 (Two adults and 3 or more children) OR (one adult and 4 or more children)
  • Season Pass (per person): $24.00 (Valid for pass holder only, April to December)

Special Limited-Time Family Offer

Buy family admission ticket online in advance for savings!

Want to Bring Your Group to the Museum?
We love to host groups at the National Toy Train Museum and can make special arrangements to accommodate bus tours, school groups, and many others. See our Group Tours page for more information. Learn More

Traveling to the Museum

There are a number of ways to reach the National Toy Train Museum, notably by car or bus. Please use your favorite mapping app, program, or GPS to obtain your most efficient route to us.

We are located at 300 Paradise Lane, in Paradise Township, PA, in the middle of Lancaster County’s beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. This convenient location is just outside the town of Strasburg, between US Route 30 and PA Route 741.

You can also reach us by rail! Just take Amtrak to the Lancaster, PA station. From there, taxi and ride-share service to the Museum are available.

Need specific turn-by-turn driving directions? Check out our Visitor FAQs page for more.

What Will You See in the Museum?

Visitors to the National Toy Train Museum will experience one of the most extensive toy train collections in the world. This includes a variety of meticulously maintained model train layouts, trains that children pushed, pulled, or rode upon, and a variety of miniature trains that are accurate replicas of their full-sized counterparts. Our oldest toy trains date back to the 19th century, though we also have many objects that kids of all ages will remember from their childhoods in the 20th and 21st centuries!

Explore our Exhibits pages to see photos and experience some of our past and present layouts on display!

Exhibit Photo Gallery

Browse an array of high-quality individual car and train photos along with overall exhibit views.

Train Layouts

We’re constantly adding to our collection of layout sketches and unique videos. Experience the magic!

Featured Exhibit

Our exhibits change throughout the year. Discover some of our staff and volunteer favorites.

Learn More about Toy Trains in the National Toy Train Library

The National Toy Train Library (NTTL) is the repository of extensive material about the toy train industry’s rich history—an excellent resource for TCA members and general researchers alike. A dynamic center of activity within the National Toy Train Museum Headquarters building in Strasburg, PA, the library is open to all visitors. We invite you to stop by during our regular hours or browse our online catalog today!

You Can Also Donate Objects to the Collection

The National Toy Train Museum is always looking for specific trains and other display objects to enhance our collection. Please browse our frequently updated wish list of original (not reproduction) items that we are actively seeking, and let us know what you have!

All Aboard for Our Exciting Museum Events!

Special events have traditionally been a regular part of our museum operations. We plan to bring back our biannual Open House in an exciting new format. We go all out on decorating for the year-end holidays. And book signings by highly-regarded writers about trains, collecting, and more—including children’s authors and illustrators—have also been popular over the years. See what’s coming up this season.

Have Questions? Get the Answers to Your FAQs—or Contact Us Today!

If you have questions about our facility, exhibits, collection, or anything else, you can browse our FAQs page or simply get in touch with our friendly staff!

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