RailRoaders Memorial Museum

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1300 9th Avenue, Altoona, PA, United States

Field Trips

The Railroaders Memorial Museum is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry.

Generations of Railroaders can trace the roots of their heritage at The Altoona Railroad Museum. Known as the only interactive Railroaders Museum in America! Visitors will experience Pennsylvania Railroad History through sights and sounds that will bring your group or family back into an historic era.

For more than a century Altoona was one of the most important rail facilities in the United States. The city was home to the Altoona Pennsylvania Railroad’s repair and maintenance shops, its locomotive construction facility, and its test department. Altoona’s location at the foot of the Allegheny front and its proximity to the Horseshoe Curve route over the mountains made the city a key location in the Altoona Pennsylvania Railroad’s operations.

World Famous Horseshoe Curve

Take a most beautiful drive through the Allegheny Mountains. Experience the challenge the Pennsylvania Railroad workers overcame by completing rail tracks through this rough terrain.
Once you have arrived at the Horseshoe Curve, enjoy one of the World’s most incredible engineering feats. Ride the Funicular or walk 194 beautiful landscaped steps to the tracks for a front seat view of a train mans’ wonder. You will also find the Horseshoe Curve to be a relaxing and entertaining place to enjoy a picnic lunch.

While visiting, be sure to stop by the Visitors Center to view the descriptive displays that will help you better appreciate the work involved in building such a marvel. The Visitors Center also houses a gift shop of souvenirs for every railroad buff – from books to hats and sweatshirts.

The “Funicular”

The “Funicular” is an incline plane designed to take you from the visitors center at Horseshoe Curve Historic Landmark up to the train tracks of Horseshoe Curve. Or if you prefer a nature walk, you may take the beautifully scenic steps to the top.

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All Aboard!

Come and experience the Railroaders Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark and learn about the Pennsylvania Railroad in its glory days and why it was so important to our region.

The Railroaders Memorial Museum offers 3 full floors of exhibits, a move theatre that shows 2 movies every hour, a room where your group can eat their lunch inside or venture outside and eat at our picnic tables.  We also feature a fully stocked gift shop.

The Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark features a short film about the history of the Curve, an incline that will take your group “track side” so you can watch the trains travel around the Curve and the DeGol pavilion where your group can have a picnic lunch.

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Destination Trip Planning Information

Visitor Info

Visiting the Museum

Plan to allow at least 1 ½ hours to tour the Railroaders Museum. Many of our guests find that more time is necessary to fully explore all the exhibits and view the two short films.

The Norfolk Southern Theatre shows 2 movies every hour on a continuous loop throughout the day. One starts at :20 after every hour and the other at :45 after every hour. If you plan to watch both movies, this will take a better part of an hour out of your touring time.

Plan to allow at least 1 hour to visit the Horseshoe Curve. The Funicular runs every ½ hour on the hour. Many of our guest spend an entire day at the Horseshoe Curve, watching the over 50 trains that travel the Curve daily. If you plan to spend the day remember to pack a lunch!

Facility Rental Available

Looking for a unique venue for your next event? The Railroaders Museum and Horseshoe Curve offer great spaces at an affordable price.

Combo Package

Our Combo Package includes admission to the Railroaders Museum and the World Famous Horseshoe Curve on the same day.

  • Adult Combo (12-61) – $10
  • Senior Combo (62 and over) – $9
  • Child Combo (2-11) – $8
  • Child Under 2 – FREE

Horseshoe Curve Package

Includes admission to the World Famous Horseshoe Curve only.

  • Age 2 – Senior – $7
  • Children Under 2 – FREE
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Tickets and Admission

Horseshoe Curve

October 28, 2013 through November 24, 2013

Friday and Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: 11am – 4pm

November 25, 2013

Closed for the season.

April 4, 2014 through May 1, 2014

Monday through Saturday: 9am – 4pm

Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

April 20, 2014

Closed for Easter.

May 2, 2014 through October 26, 2014

Monday through Saturday: 9am – 6pm

Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

October 31, 2014 through November 23, 2014

Friday and Saturday: 9am – 4pm

Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

November 24, 2014

Closed for the season.

*Weather permitting, facility may be closed due to weather conditions.

Railroaders Memorial Museum

October 28 2013 through December 22, 2013 

Friday and Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: 11am – 4pm

November 28, 2013

Closed for Thanksgiving.

December 23, 2013

Closed for the season.

April 4, 2014 through April 27, 2014

Friday and Saturday: 9am – 4pm

Sunday: 12pm – 4 pm

April 20, 2014

Closed for Easter.

May 2, 2014 through October 26, 2014

Monday through Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

October 31, 2014 through December 21, 2014

Friday and Saturday: 9am – 4pm

Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

November 27, 2014

Closed for Thanksgiving.

December 22, 2014

Closed for the season.

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