There are numerous activities and attractions on Galveston Island, TX, and figuring out where exactly to spend your time can be overwhelming. However, if you or anyone you’re traveling with has a love for trains, the Galveston Railroad Museum should be high on your list of sights to see. Even those who don’t necessarily have a deep interest in trains is sure to enjoy a few hours diving into the engaging presentation of railroad history.
What Makes the Galveston Railroad Museum Unique?
It’s not difficult to understand why the Galveston Railroad Museum is popular among both children and adults and draws in many visitors regularly. It is proud to house one of the largest restored railroad collections to be found in the entire southwest. The museum maintains a diverse selection of intriguing exhibits and railroad artifacts, each paying tribute to the rich history of the U.S. railroad system. Permanent exhibits include The Depot/The Peoples Gallery, The “Ghosts of Travelers’ Past,” The Panama Railway: Connecting Oceans, and Restaurants on Rails: Dining Cars of the American Railways 1868-1970. There are also elaborately designed layouts where model trains are kept on display. On the grounds, many historic passenger and freight cars can be explored.
For the full railroad museum Galveston experience, consider going on a day when train rides are available on the Harborside Express. They last approximately 15 minutes. In addition, many events are hosted there throughout the year, giving visitors several different ways to appreciate trains and railroads.
The Galveston Railroad Museum is located in the Strand, the island’s well-known historic district that offers a variety of attractions, restaurants, and shopping. It is actually built on property that was owned by the Gulf, Colorado, & Santa Fe Railway at one time. The museum’s different sections now occupy the station’s revived structures. The museum is open daily, with hours varying depending on the season. Visitors will also discover a gift shop on site that carries every type of railroad souvenir that might be needed to remember such a special visit.
The Galveston Railroad Museum has earned a top spot on the itineraries of many who come to visit the island. The staff at Sterling Realtors is happy to help you book accommodations nearby or anywhere else in Galveston that catches your eye. Our extensive list of vacation rental properties makes it simple to reserve a home or condo that fits your specific needs.