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Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum
Based on 15 traveler reviews
Jan 21, 2015 by: JC20132013 from Hagerstown, Maryland
Changes have been made since last year. The building is cleaner and the museum store is vastly improved. The lower level Christmas display is basically unchanged. The upper level HO layout has been modified and is still under construction. The new "O" scale layout is in the framework stage with two tracks in operation but no scenery. This layout has been built rather large and does not have the widest aisles but are adequate.
Good for kids, not so much for railfans
Jan 18, 2015 by: bitmapped from Morgantown, WV
I've been a railfan since I was a little kid and regularly visit different railroad museums when I travel. I've been meaning to see Hagerstown for a while and decided to drive about 2.5 hours over to see the museum. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. This museum is much more tailored towards kids than adults or railfans. They three operating layouts (holiday themed Lionel, under construction O gauge, and mostly done HO gauge) that were interesting to see but very little in the way of artifacts or displays. I was in and out in 30 minutes, which is rare for me at a railroad museum. I salvaged the trip by stopping down the street at The Train Room. I found their Lionel museum a lot more interesting, although HRM is probably better for kids.
Very pleasant little museum
Nov 01, 2014 by: James G from Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
It's not large, but you have to appreciate what is offered. A real cab you can sit in, a lot of ephemera, and three gigantic model railroad layouts with some interactive features. There's a lot of play stuff for kids, and trains out back you can climb on. The docents know a lot of Western Maryland Railroad history. If you are just looking to see a lot of trains, go to the B&O Museum or Smithsonian, but if you are interested in getting hands on with the history of railroads as they built the region this is an enjoyable and friendly place with plenty to keep kids fascinated.
Great for our children!
Sep 17, 2014 by: botanical_fan from Columbia, Maryland
Our 3 little boys LOVE trains and we are always on the lookout for a new place to let them explore and watch live models at work. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum was a great little find that my husband came across. A little over an hour from where we live in Columbia MD. We ventured out for a Saturday afternoon visit (they are only open I believe on weekend afternoons, possibly run by volunteers) their was on site parking as well as an actual train station and track next to the museum where we got to observe an actual CSX train in action. Inside the museum there is both an informative section downstairs as well as an upstairs room with several HO Scale layouts and even a smaller (18 inches off the floor) layout that the children could flip switches and make the trains move (Race each other) which my boys enjoyed very much. They have a wooden train that the children can play on and have imaginative play, as well as 3 train activity tables for the youngest train enthusiasts. Plenty of space for about a 1 hour visit with the Children guiding the experience. They have bathrooms (which could use a serious facelift but were functional) and they are working on a lower level Christmas display. We would return again. Admission is reasonable $5 for adults and 50 cents for children. There is a train themed gift shop as well.
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum
Aug 05, 2014 by: Kenny21NJ from Bellmawr, New Jersey
A two floor Museum First floor is a small. has many real railroad artifacts of the area. Second floor has model trains for the kids to enjoy. Be aware there is no Roundhouse to look at. It was torn down. There are real trains outside but it a working railroad. so you can't get to close.
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