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Pumpers & Pistons Car Show/Community Helpers/Plein Air Artists

May 18, 2024
9AM - 4PM
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May 18th is Pumpers & Pistons/Community Helpers/Plein Air Artists Day!

Today, May 18, 2024, we will have all sorts of special vehicles on display at The National Museum of Transportation, along with our community helpers–you’ll see fire trucks, with at least one pumping water, a medical helicopter, police cars, rescue dogs, military plus commercial and construction vehicles, big trucks, and more! As a special treat there will be more activities for children and also you can see plein air artists in action on our grounds beautifully rendering artifacts and gardens onto canvas. The Young Professionals Board is hosting bubbles, BBQ, and games–their ice cream social is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Regular Museum admission applies. The event is presented by The Gateway Fire Historical Society and The American Truck Historical Society.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

We invite you to come visit the National Museum of Transportation! Full of photographic opportunities, historic artifacts, model trains and aircraft, and a Virgin Hyperloop Pegasus pod from the Smithsonian, the Museum is open Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. TNMOT is primarily an outdoor facility. Please call 314.289.3508, ext. 4, for weather updates.

Our knowledgeable tour guides are available in the C. Lindburg Automobile Center to answer your questions about our vintage vehicles. Public guided tours are available at 10 a.m. each open day, weather permitting, no reservation required. Much of our extensive 70-piece locomotive collection is covered under the Roberts Pavilion, plus more nearby, for safe exploring. A tour guide is on hand at the pavilion ready to reply to your inquiries.

The Wm F. Ross Special Miniature Train

The Wm. F. Ross Special Miniature Train operates rides twice around a substantial portion of TNMOT’s property, with knowledgeable and friendly conductors narrating the trip. Train tickets are $6 extra for unlimited rides available on Saturday from 9:20 a.m. – 3:20 p.m., weather and mechanicals permitting.

The Trolley

The historic trolley/streetcar rides are free with Museum admission. The trolley is operated by experienced volunteer conductors on Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., weather and mechanicals permitting.

Owney’s Handcar Village

Owney’s Handcar Village is included in the price of the miniature train tickets which are $6 extra for unlimited rides. Children propel the handcars by turning a crank by hand to travel through Owney’s village – activity and fun at the same time! The village is open Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weather permitting.