In the 1800 and 1900s, train travel was the main mode of transportation in the United States. Learn about these majestic machines at the National Railroad Museum in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, just outside Green Bay. Founded in 1956, you'll find the largest railroad preservation in the United States. Over 75,000 people visit annually, where staff and volunteers are dedicated to educating the public about the railroad industry.
The trains on display will amaze you, starting with the futuristic Aerotrain
from the 1950s. Sit inside the Union Pacific Big Boy,
the world's largest steam locomotive. The Lake Mitchell
, a restored Pullman sleeper car from the 1920s shows how comfortable train travel was in the early part of the 20th century. Get a taste of life during WWII aboard the Dwight D. Eisenhower
British Railways A4 Class No. 60008...which was used by the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. In addition to the exhibits, you can view a photography gallery and railroad artifacts. A standard gauge track circles the grounds, and an 80 foot wooden tower offers spectacular views of Green Bay and the Fox River.
Tour groups of all ages are welcome at the National Railroad Museum. Reservations are usually required for groups of 10 or more. Tours include:
- 45-minute guided of self-pace tour
- 30-minute train ride (May-September only)
- 30-minute theater presentation (15 minutes for youth and school groups)
Don't forget to visit the Museum Store after your tour to pick up a railroad souvenir.
For more information, contact the museum at:
National Railroad Museum
2285 South Broadway
Green Bay, WI 54304
National Railroad Museum Website