How do I get to the Museum?
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.
Your favorite mapping app or GPS will help you navigate driving to us. For best results, search for our location as 300 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572
(Even though we are legally in Paradise Township, PA, our mailing address is PO Box 248, Strasburg, PA 17579.)
Because we know that some like more personalized turn-by-turn directions, we’re providing the following local and regional driving directions to help you find us!
Locally, there are several ways to get here. From US Route 30, watch for Ronks Road, and turn south onto that. At the first fork, bear right. When it forks again, take the left fork onto Paradise Lane, and it’s less than a mile ahead on your left.
From PA Route 741, coming westbound, you will see a sign to turn left on to Paradise Lane. We are just up that road on the right, past the railroad tracks and the Red Caboose Motel.
If coming eastbound on US 30, you can take PA 896 south to Strasburg, turning east (left) at the bypass, which connects to PA Route 741. Follow 741 east about a mile. Go past the Strasburg Rail Road and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania to the traffic signal at Paradise Lane. Turn left there.
From farther away in the region, you can reach the Museum from several major US and state highways.
From points south via Interstate 95: travelers should exit at I-476 and follow it north to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76). Get on the Turnpike headed westbound and follow the instructions below.
From points north via Interstate 95: travelers should exit onto US Route 1 south about 5 miles after entering Pennsylvania from New Jersey. Be sure NOT to take Business Route 1. Follow the signs directing you to the Pennsylvania Turnpike westbound (I-76).
From the Pennsylvania Turnpike: travelers may use several exits, but the easiest for people not familiar with the area is Exit 286—the Reading exit. Upon exiting, take US 222 south to US Route 30 East. Then, turn onto PA Route 896 south to Strasburg, and turn onto PA Route 741 east. Refer to local directions above.
Note that travelers coming from points east and going westbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike may also exit the Turnpike at Downingtown (Exit 312). From the exit, travel south on PA Route 100 about one mile, then right south on PA 113 for about five miles before taking the marked ramp to US Route 30 west.
Parking at the Museum is easy. Ample on-site parking is available for cars and buses. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (717) 687-8976.
What are your hours?
Our schedule varies seasonally, though the museum is typically open weekdays between 10 am and 5 pm. Are we open today? Check the schedule—and get information about admission fees and policies—on our Visit page.
How long does it take to go through the Museum?
You can walk through the exhibits in about an hour, but if you want to run the trains, watch our videos, and ask questions of our friendly staff and volunteer docents, we invite you to spend much longer. Also, please plan to visit our Gift Shop and the National Toy Train Library while you’re here.
Can I take photographs?
Absolutely. However, you’ll want to be aware that many of our trains and displays are behind glass, so be prepared to shoot around potential glare.
Do you have food available?
No, we do not. We also ask our visitors not to eat or drink inside the Museum. However, many restaurants are available in the Strasburg area for you to enjoy before or after your visit. (See the general tourist information in the next FAQ answer.)
What else is there to do nearby?
Our hometown of Strasburg, PA, is known as “Train City” because it is also the home to the historic Strasburg Rail Road, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Choo-Choo Barn. You can spend an entire day here enjoying trains of all kinds! And, if you choose to stay overnight at the Red Caboose Motel—with accommodations in real caboose cars—you can continue your train-themed trip around the clock!
Find more general tourist information for our location in the heart of PA Dutch Country at the following links:
Do you have a Gift Shop?
Yes! You can buy various games, books, gifts, and toy train items in our on-site shop.
What is your accessibility like at the Museum?
The Museum is fully accessible and makes every attempt for all visitors to feel welcome. Our exhibits and Library are housed on one floor with no steps. Individuals who may require assistance should call the Museum ahead of time to discuss arrangements at (717) 687-8976.