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E. Desmond Lee & Macy’s/Famous-Barr Holiday Train Exhibits 11/27/20 – 1/3/2021 (click for details)

Nov 27, 2020 9AM - Jan 03, 2021 4PM


Holiday Festivities are happening at The National Museum of Transportation to get your season on track. For a full schedule of activities, including Santa, Mrs. Claus, Live Reindeer, and more, go here.

E. Desmond Lee Holiday Train Exhibit in Lindburg Auto Building ~ 9 am – 4 pm

Macy’s/Famous-Barr Model Train Exhibit at Orthwein Visitor Center ~ 9 am – 4 pm


One of the bygone delights of shopping downtown St. Louis, Missouri, during the holidays was viewing the elaborate model train display in the Famous-Barr department store corner window. The trains rolled through mountain passes, over snowy landscapes, through miniature towns. After Macy’s acquired Famous-Barr, the train display was eventually donated to the care of The National Museum of Transportation. TNMOT reassembles the massive, intricate display annually in its William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Education and Visitor Center where guests can still see and hear those trains humming as they wend their way through a magical winter wonderland.

The E. Desmond Lee and Macy’s/Famous-Barr Model Train exhibits are open during regular Museum hours November 27, 2020 through January 3, 2021. The Orthwein model train exhibit includes the fully operational Macy’s/Famous-Barr train layout (click here). The E. Desmond Lee exhibit will be in the Lindburg Auto Building. Due to the County’s requirements as to occupancy limits, advance registration ticketing is required on the peak dates of November 27th, 28th and 29th; December 5th, 12th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th.