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16 Transportation Museums You Must Visit



If you are interested in discovering museums with must see transportation exhibits, we have compiled quite the collection for you. If you're interested in the history of railroading, or just want to see antique cars, trucks, and other vehicles then these are some of the best destinations around. Information about each transportation museum can be shown below as well as informative walk-through videos that depict how each museum is different. Come along with us and check out these amazing transportation museums you have to visit. You might be tempted to book your next trip after watching these videos. Comment to let us know what transportation museums you love and we might update this list to include them too.


Here at Gardian Angel, LLC we curated this list of Transportation Museums You Must Visit as a reference guide for some great destinations to visit. We have served the school bus industry for about a decade and our staff has been involved with school buses for 35+ years. At the risk of aging ourselves, we are surprised we aren't put into a transportation museum ourselves (just kidding). Interesting when you consider we have altered the history of the school bus with our amazing Gardian Angel school bus pedestrian safety lighting system. Learn more about this amazing technology at GardianAngelLLC.com, and then head over to one of these amazing transportation museums. We like #15 on this list. What's your favorite?

#1

The National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis


Address:

2933 Barrett Station Road

Saint Louis, Missouri 63122


Phone:

1-314-965-6212


Hours:

Sun: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wed - Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Admission:

Adults: $12

Military: $10

Seniors (65+): $10

Kids (3-12): $5


Optional Entry Fees

$5.00 Unlimited Train & Handcar Rides

$2.00 Creation Station. First-come, first-served.


About:

Visit one of the largest and most diverse collections of transportation vehicles in the world! Trace the history of American railroading, see antique cars and trucks, tour train cars, visit a trolley and a towboat, and more.The National Museum of Transportation (NMOT) is a private, 42-acre transportation museum in Kirkwood, Missouri, outside St. Louis. Founded in 1944, it restores, preserves, and displays a wide variety of vehicles spanning 15 decades of American history: cars, boats, aircraft, and in particular, locomotives and railroad equipment from around the United States. The museum is also home to a research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents. At the southwest corner of the property is West Barretts Tunnel. Built in 1853, it is one of a pair of tunnels that were the first to operate west of the Mississippi River. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The museum has its own railway spur to an active main line formerly owned by the Missouri Pacific Railroad, now by the Union Pacific Railroad. This has allowed the museum to take possession of large and unusual pieces of railroad equipment. A miniature railroad operates around a loop of track near the parking lot and a full-sized restored trolley operates Thursday–Sunday from April through October. The National Museum of Transportation 'houses one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world' according to the Smithsonian.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend up to 2.5 hours here.

#2

Virginia Transportation Museum



Address:

303 Norfolk Ave SW

Roanoke, VA 24016


Phone:

1-540-342-5670


Hours:

Mon - Sat: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sun: 1:00PM - 5:00PM


Admission:

$10.00 adults (19-59)

$8.00 seniors (age 60+)

$8.00 students with student ID (19-25)

$8.00 youth (13-18)

$6.00 children (ages 3-12) Members and Kids under 3 visit for free!


About:

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is a museum devoted to the topic of transportation located in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia. It covers all modes of transportation. It has a nice vintage automobile collection. It also has small exhibits on planes and buses, but the train exhibits are outstanding!


Length of Visit:

People typically spend up to 2 hours here

#3

N.C. Transportation Museum


Address:

1 Samuel Spencer Dr.

Spencer, NC 28159


Phone:

1-704-636-2889


Admission:

Adults: $6

Seniors/Military: $5

Children (Ages 3-12): $4


Admission With Onsite Train Ride

Adults: $12

Seniors/Military: $10

Children (Ages 3-12): $8


About:

The North Carolina Transportation Museum is a museum in Spencer, North Carolina. It is a collection of automobiles, aircraft, and railway vehicles. The museum is located at the former Southern Railway's 1896-era Spencer Shops and devotes much of its space to the state's railroad history. The museum has the largest collection of rail relics in the Carolina's. Its Back Shop building of nearly three stories high is most notable for its size of two football fields long.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend up to 3 hours here.

#4

Transportation Museum London



Address:

39 Wellington Street

Covent Garden Piazza

London WC2E 7BB, England


Phone:

+44 (0) 343-222-5000


Hours:

Sun - Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Admission:

Child Ticket FREE

Concession Ticket £15.50 to £17.00 per ticket

Adult Ticket £16.50 to £18.00 per ticket


About:

Explore London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden. The Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters and the very best objects from the Museum’s extraordinary collection are brought together to tell the story of London’s development and the part transport played in defining the unique identity of the city.The London Transport Museum boasts history of London transport from horse power onward, with loads of contraptions to clamber aboard including real buses and trains. Highlights of the museum include the iconic red London bus, the world’s first Underground steam train and the padded cell – a train carriage dating back to the 1890s.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend 2-3 hours here.

#5

Owls Head Transportation Museum


Address:

117 Museum Street

Owls Head, ME 04854


Phone:

1-207-594-4415


Hours:

Sun - Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Admission:

Under 18 years old: Free

Members: Free

Adults: $14

Seniors 65+: $10

Active or retired military with 20+ service years & USID: Free

Groups of 20+: $9


About:

Featuring a world-class, operating collection of antique ground vehicles, engines and aircraft the Owls Head Transportation Museum is open seven days a week, year-round. Exhibits include "Faster: The Quest for Speed" featuring racing vehicles from some of New England's premiere collections.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend 1-2 hours here.

#6

Forney Transportation Museum

Address:

4303 Brighton Blvd

Denver, CO 80216-3702


Phone:

1-303-297-1113


Hours:

Sun: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mon - Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Admission:

Adults: $12

Seniors 65+: $10

Children 3-12: $6

Children under 3: FREE


About:

The Forney Transportation Museum is a transport museum located in Denver, Colorado. It is named after the founder, J.D. Forney, who started Forney Industries, Inc., in Fort Collins.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend 1-2 hours here.

#7

Texas Transportation Museum


Address:

11731 Wetmore Rd

San Antonio, TX 78247


Phone:

1-210-490-3554


Hours:

Fri: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sat - Sun: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Admission:

Adults (Ages 13 and up) - $10

Child (Ages 4-12) - $8

Child (Under Age 4) - FREE

Train rides included with admission.

$1 off admission per person when train rides not running.


About:

The Texas Transportation Museum houses a collection of motor vehicles ranging from fire engines to chuck wagons. The Texas Transportation Museum is a transportation museum located near San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was created in 1964 to help preserve artifacts and information about San Antonio's transportation history.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend up to 1.5 hours here

#8

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum



Address:

240 Museum Dr

Lansing, MI 48933


Phone:

1-517-372-0529


Hours:

Sun: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tue - Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Admission:

Members: Free

Adults: $7

Seniors (65+): $5

Students (18 and under OR with a valid college ID): $5

Veteran/Military Discount: $5

Family*: $15

*Family= Two parents and up to three children in the same household under 18 years

Groups of 10 or more: $4 per person

About:

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum is named for Ransom E. Olds, founder of Oldsmobile and REO, and is located in Lansing, Michigan. It is one of the top-rated automotive museums in the United States. From rare vehicles like REO, Star, Durant, and Viking to classic Oldsmobiles, buggies, bicycles, aviation endeavors, trucks and engines- enjoy the excitement of transportation history! See why they are rated one of "The Ten Best Automobile Museums in the United States" exhibiting a small collection, by Car Collector Magazine.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend up to 1.5 hours here

#9

Canadian Transportation Museum


Address:

6155 Arner Townline

County Road 23, RR#2

Kingsville, Ontario, Canada

N9Y 2E5


Phone:

1-519-776-6909


Hours:

Monday & Tuesday : Closed

Wednesday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


Admission:

Adults

Museum Tour $6.00

Village Tour $7.00

Package Tour $11.00


Children ages 6 -12

Museum Tour $2.00

Village Tour $3.00

Package Tour $4.00


Children 5 and under FREE


Family Rate $27.00

Groups of 10 or more:

Museum $5.00

Village $5.00

HVSO Members FREE


Length of Visit

People typically spend 1-2 hours here.

#10

Minnesota Transportation Museum



Address:

193 Pennsylvania Ave E

Saint Paul, MN 55130


Phone:

1-651-228-0263


Hours:

Wed: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Admission:

Wednesdays

Adult: $11

Child (age 5-15): $9

Seniors (age 62+) $9

Toddler (age 2-4) $7

Family (2 adults + 2-4 children) $27

(No train rides on Wednesdays.)


Saturdays:

(price includes 15-minute caboose ride)

Adult $13

Child (age 5-15) and Seniors (age 62+) $11

Toddler (age 2-4) $7

Family (2 adults + 2-4 children) $38


About:

Interactive transportation museum featuring bus & railway exhibits & historic train cars.

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Length of Visit:

People typically spend 1-2 hours here.

#11

Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum


Address:

263 Michigan Ave

Buffalo, NY 14203


Phone:

1-716-853-0084


Hours:

Fri - Sun: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Admission:

Adults: $10

Children (13 and younger): $5

Guided tours can be arranged by appointment at $25 per person with a minimum of 30 people required.


About:

This unique museum focuses on Buffalo's transportation history featuring Pierce Arrow, Thomas Flyer, electric vehicles, vintage bicycles, motorcycles, muscle cars and trucks, many made in Western New York. A special feature is the full scale Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright, designed for Buffalo in 1927 but never built. Rights to build it were secured and the impressive structure with expansive copper roof and detailing is housed in the atrium of the museum.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend up to 2 hours here

#12

Cole Land Transportation Museum



Address:

405 Perry Rd

Bangor, ME 04401


Phone:

1-207-990-3600


Hours:

Sun - Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Admission:

Adult: $7.00

Age 62 and over: $5.00

AAA Member: $6.00

Children under 19: Free


About:

Cole Land Transportation Museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying Maine's land transportation equipment.It has a quaint gallery with many vintage cars & trucks, including farm equipment & military vehicles.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend up to 1.5 hours here

#13

New York Transit Museum



Address:

99 Schermerhorn St

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Phone:

1-718-694-1600


Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue - Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sat - Sun: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Admission:

Adults: $10

Children (2-17): $5

Seniors 62+: $5, although FREE for seniors on Wednesdays (Excludes groups of 5 or more)

Visitors with Disabilities: $5 with MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard

Museum Members: FREE


About:

The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions, is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since its inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region's extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend up to 2 hours here

#14

Ashtabula Maritime & Surface Transportation Museum


Address:

1071 Walnut Blvd

Ashtabula, OH 44004


Phone:

1-440-964-6847


Hours:

Fri, Sat, Sun: 12-5 PM

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur: Closed


Admission:

Adult: $5

Children 6-16: $3

Children 6 and younger: FREE


About

Built in 1871 as a lighthouse-keeper's home, this museum houses exhibits on local shipping history.The Ashtabula Maritime & Surface Transportation Museum is home to the world’s largest piece of beach glass.This 12” high, 17” diameter beauty weighs 275 lbs.The anchor from the Schooner C.L. Burton welcomes guests into an abundance of maritime history. Due to the railroads that played a huge role in the Ashtabula Harbor’s economy, the museum also features railroad history. A model of one of the most notable railroad stories, the Ashtabula Train Disaster, was added in 2018.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend 1-2 hours here.

#15

The Museum of Bus Transportation


Address:

161 Museum Drive

Hershey, PA 17033


Phone:

1-717-566-7100 ext. 119


Hours:

Open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

Final tickets sold at 4:00 p.m.


Closed:

Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day


Admission:

Regular admission: $10

Seniors (61+): $9

Juniors (4-12): $7

Children age 3 and under: FREE


About:

The Museum of Bus Transportation is located on the lower level of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institute Affiliations Program, which displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1900’s – 1970’s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. The AACA Museum is one of the nation’s newest and largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles.Located inside the AACA Museum, this museum displays buses from 1912 through the 1990s.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend 1-2 hours here.

#16

Army Transportation Museum Foundation



Address:

300 Washington Blvd.

Besson Hall

Fort Eustis, Newport News, VA 23604


Phone:

1-757-878-1115


Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tues - Sat: 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Sun: Closed

Closed on Federal holidays


Admission:

FREE, however it's important to note: Joint Base Langley-Eustis is a limited access post, meaning that you will need to stop at the Guard House near the gate and inform them of your desire to visit the Transportation Museum. You will be issued a Visitor's Pass and provided a map of Ft. Eustis. To view the complete requirements for entry onto Joint Base Langley-Eustis, please visit the following link. Requirements for Base Entry


About:

The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is a United States Army museum of vehicles and other transportation-related equipment and memorabilia. It is located on the grounds of Fort Eustis, Virginia, in Newport News, on the Virginia Peninsula. Exhibits include the history of U.S. military logistics from the Revolutionary War to the present.


Length of Visit:

People typically spend 1.5-2 hours here.


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