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Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum

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Address: 1300 9th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602-2413
Phone Number: +1 814-946-0834
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.

A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.

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A "Must See" For train Lovers

We purchased the combo ticket which also admitted us to Horseshoe Curve. They offer discounted tickets too. The museum is open until 5 pm. Railroad and history buffs will enjoy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 June 2016
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DeWitt, Michigan
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DeWitt, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We purchased the combo ticket which also admitted us to Horseshoe Curve. They offer discounted tickets too. The museum is open until 5 pm. Railroad and history buffs will enjoy the exhibits that tell the story of Altoona and the railroad industry. The museum includes a roundhouse and railroad cars. Allow 1-2 hours to watch the two videos and wander... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

The museum is set up in a well laid out plan. There are interactive sections that are educational at your own pace. Well worth the money!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

A great place to learn the history of the Altoona Railroad and how it helped build Altoona and surrounding areas.

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Thank Heidi K
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

I visited the site with my uncle, a former PRR employee, and found it to bring back memories of my own childhood. My Dad's family were all involved in the PRR in various capacities from foremen welders to quality control. I was a wonderful experience, especially seeing relatives names on the memorial boards and the history of railroading. I must... More 

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Thank Gene R
Ijamsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

While this museum does not boast the collections found at larger state railroad museums, I don't recall a finer experience dealing with railroad life, the science and technology developed to set railroad standards, and the influence of an industry on a locality. There are lots of artifacts, excellent films, and interactive media that both adults and children will enjoy. The... More 

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Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I would say overall that the museum has some very good displays and exhibits on trains, the life of a railroader, and, in particular, what trains meant to the city of Altoona. However, other than the model railroad, which was fun to look at, there wasn't a lot to keep the attention of our three children (ages 3, 5 &... More 

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Fenton, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

I got to see Pennsylvania rolling stock in person for the first time. Nice displays in the museum. I bought a shirt and a hat in the gift shop. I did not have time to go over the walkway over the active tracks.

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Huntsville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Coincidentally, it turned out to be "national train day" or something like that the day we visited so the museum was very busy. I don't know if they normally offer rides in the old steam and diesel trains, but both were running the day we were there. It was a wonderful experience to witness an old steam engine in operation.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

This is a must see for anyone interested in the PRR. Three floors of exciting displays including a theater that shows what life was like to travel or work on the Pennsy. It's sad to see what has been lost in what once was a thriving business. Nice little gift shop as well.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Very nice. They did an excellent job of displaying the history of railroading in Altoona. Your admission also includes entrance to Horseshoe curve.

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