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New Buffalo Railroad Museum

530 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo, MI 49117-1739
+1 269-469-8010
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Closed during stated open hours

Website, voicemail greeting and the sign on the door all said open daily from 12-5. We went on... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Are they open?

The website said they were open. The sign on their door said they were open. Their voicemail said... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Kelli P
Chicago, Illinois
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The New Buffalo Railroad Museum, “The Little Museum That Could”, is housed in a Pere Marquette Depot replica on the historic rail yards of New Buffalo, Michigan. 3 stalls of the original 16-stall roundhouse and coal tower can be viewed. Displays include furnishings and items from the original depot and Pere Marquette and Pullman artifacts. Rail yard crew photos and equipment including lanterns are also shown. A HO scale, hand-crafted model train layout replicates a historic picture of the city in the early 1900’s. Visitors can stroll thru a restored World War II Pullman Troop Sleeper Car and a C&O Chessie Blue Box Car. Interactive children’s activities are available for different age groups. Visitors can chose to join a free guided tour or discover the museum individually. No admission, but donations are accepted.
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  • Average31%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible12%
6 Jul 2017
“Closed during stated open hours”
9 Jun 2017
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Hours Today: Closed
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530 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo, MI 49117-1739
+1 269-469-8010
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

Website, voicemail greeting and the sign on the door all said open daily from 12-5. We went on Wednesday July 5th at 3:30 pm. It was closed. My grandson was looking forward to it all day, and was very disappointed. This is the museum in...More

2  Thank goren777
Reviewed 9 June 2017

The website said they were open. The sign on their door said they were open. Their voicemail said they were open. However, they were locked up tight without a soul around. They refused to return my calls or emails. Try explaining this to a child...More

8  Thank Kelli P
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is right on the main strip (Whitaker Road) on the way to downtown. What a great stop! Kids and adults alike will dig this. It's not a long time in there - we did the tour in an hour+, because we wanted to take...More

1  Thank BurtB312
Reviewed 15 June 2016

The NBRM is a gem of a museum. There are lots of interesting artifacts and creative displays that tell of the local history--yes there is an emphasis on the railroads impact on that history, but this is MUCH MORE than a railroad museum. The staff...More

Thank Kelly B
Kim W, Manager at New Buffalo Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2016

So glad you enjoyed yourself at our "Little Museum That Could"!

Reviewed 14 April 2016

The lady which welcomed us was very friendly. The museum is small but interesting. I recommend that you do the tour which is about 20 minutes. It was fun to go out back and walk around in actual train cars.

Thank 1Jaybee1
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This small, family firiendly museum is a great find. If you like to learn a little history of the place you are visiting or love, this is it. Staff is great.

Thank drydink
Reviewed 7 February 2016

It was cold, rainy and just a bummer of a day so perfect for checking out this place! It is a not for profit train museum and there is a lovely lady running it who gives a free tour. She is very knowledgeable and we...More

Thank Lovetotravel9997
Kim W, Executive Director at New Buffalo Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2016

So glad you discovered the New Buffalo Railroad Museum! We appreciate your enthusiastic review. You were correct- the Museum is donation based and does not charge an admission fee. Thank you for your support!

Reviewed 3 September 2015

This is a nice museum that has some great old railroad memorabilia, along with two fullsize cars you can tour. One which is especially interesting is a WW2 troop carrier. There also is a nice HO layout you can see.

Thank Bill Y
Reviewed 20 July 2015

This is a very quick trip, but if you have little ones that like trains, it will make them happy. The military cars are very hot if you are there in the dead of summer-

Thank Kasbrneyedgirl
Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Our 3 year old loved the museum! It is small but has a lot to see. He enjoyed watching the trains. This is a good place to check out if you have a little train lover in your life!

Thank Julie F
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