365 Things to Do in Memphis #189: Visit the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 7th 2012 1586 11

All aboard – assignment # in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to learn play with trains (and learn local railroad history) at the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum.

The museum is run by the non-profit Memphis Society of Model Railroaders. It has about nine exhibits that tell the story of Memphis railroad history.

While the train museum isn't specifically aimed at kids, they seem to be its core audience. When I went, I didn't see a single adult there without children. There's plenty to keep the kids entertained.  The museum is full of small and large scale train models (some of them run along a track while others are purely for show), functioning railroad signal lights and a Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit. If you're a train-loving adult or a parent along for the ride, most of the exhibits include beautiful wall murals that describe different periods in the train and trolley history of Memphis.

My favorite part of the museum was the scale replica of 20th century downtown Memphis, complete with a miniature Wonderbread factory (sadly, without the amazing bread smell that comes from the full sized one).

The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for kids 4-12 and kids 3 and under are free. You can also celebrate a birthday there, which includes food from Grawemeyer's and a trolley ride.

Go There:

The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum

545 S. Main St. 
Memphis, TN 38101
(901) 590-3099


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Mike Fleming says:

    I enjoyed sharing the museum with Raquel when she visited and our volunteers will do their best to share the history with you when you visit.  Please check out and follow our facebook page, in the coming weeks we are going to be sharing some specifics about our future development.

  2. Mike Fleming says:

    Oops, my computer auto populated the website address on my previous comment with .com and it should be .org, please correct that post

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