The museum is home to rail artifacts including the Boston & Providence Railroad Passenger Coach built in 1833; Providence “Daniel Nason”; the Union Pacific #4006 (“Big Boy”), the largest successful steam locomotive ever built; and the 6,600-hp, two-engine Union Pacific diesel #6944 (“Centennial”), built by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division in 1971 and more.
The motors in the collection are usually silent, but the “Wow’s” are pretty loud. On display in the Earl C. Lindburg Automobile Center, the road vehicle collection of over 200 items includes a 1901 automobile built by the St. Louis Motor Carriage Co.—the oldest of only nine such cars known to still be in existence—as well as the only operational Chrysler turbine car on public display and more.
By land or by sea; included in our range of watercraft, aircraft and other items is a Douglas Aircraft. The twin-engine 1943 Douglas Aircraft product, the military version of the DC-3, is believed to have been used by United States forces in the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Right next to this historical airplane, walk the decks of the H.T. Pott tugboat, the first tug to have an all-steel welded hull.
TO CONNECT WITH NATURE
Native and sustainable plants are incorporated into all of our plantings that help birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.
Special exhibits are located at:
* Pollinator Junction right next to the miniature railroad station
* Rain Garden by the far end of our main parking lot
Please stop by!
BARRETT’S LANDING CAFÉ
FOOD AND DRINK
Barrett’s Landing Cafe’ is a great place to visit for lunch. Grab a meal, quick snack, or an on-the-move bite. It’s just “plane” good. Featuring menu items for every eater—picky or not—or even just a cup of coffee to start the day. Please remember that outside food and drink are allowed only in designated outdoor picnic areas, with limited interior dining availability for items procured inside the museum. The cafe’ is open for purchases. The Cafe’ is offering chili this winter to warm you up, January 18 – March 12, 2023, temporarily replacing brats. Brats will return mid- March 2023. See below for our everyday menu.
GIFTS AND COLLECTIBLES
The Boxcar Boutique is located right inside the main museum building, and now conveniently with a limited inventory online! Browse the online store or stop by for the perfect commemorative piece or gift for that transportation-loving kid or kidult in your life. Check out our eBay store within the online boutique for that extra special collectible item.