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Events at the Museum

Aside from viewing the historic toy trains and running our five interactive train layouts, visitors can participate in special events at the Museum!

Information on programs periodically offered may be seen below. Dates are posted as available, or check our Calendar. Programs are subject to change or cancellation; all programs may not be held every year.

Passport Program.
Special Activities on selected Fall 2018 Saturdays,
Special Prices for Kids. Details.

March 30 – Friday – Opening Day
Special festivities all day.

April 18 - Wednesday - Open House
Free admission and presentations.

May 13 – Sunday – Mother's Day
Moms are free!

June 2 – Saturday – 41st Celebration
Age 3 and over admission $5 – live entertainment and special festivities all day.

June 17 – Sunday – Father's Day
Dads are free!

September 9 – Sunday – Grandparents Day
Grandparents free!

September 22 – Saturday - Smithsonian Museum Day Live
Free admission tickets thru smithsonianmag.com.

October 17 – Wednesday - Fall Open House
Free admission and presentations.

November 17 – Saturday – Old Fashioned Christmas
Age 3 and over admission $5 – special festivities all day.

November 24 – Saturday - Santa
Free admission with canned items, candy canes from Santa.

December 1 – Saturday – Santa
Free admission with canned items, candy canes from Santa.

December 8 – Saturday – Santa
Free admission with canned items, candy canes from Santa.

December 15 – Saturday – Santa
Free admission with canned items, candy canes from Santa.

Note: Events and details subject to change. No other coupons or offers accepted during these special events.

Group visits welcome.
We Welcome Group Visits!
View the video    Read about the Packard Event

Open house.

Open house events are held twice a year -- once in October and once in April. Admission to the museum is free for these all-day events and attendees are able to hear about the latest trends in the hobby from train manufacturers.

Book signing.

Book signing events are sometimes held during these open houses and at other times, offering people the opportunity to meet authors and/or illustrators and have their books personally inscribed. These are announced as scheduled.
The Train Collectors Association is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history -- Tinplate Toy Trains -- through research, education, community outreach, fellowship, establishment of collecting standards and to promote the growth and enjoyment of collecting and operating toy, model and scale trains. These events are in furtherance of that mission.
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