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Weekday or Weekend Admission for One, Two, or Four at Illinois Railway Museum (Up to 50% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Watch restored antique train cars in operation, then check out memorabilia from the Chicagoland and national rail industries

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 10 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid on "Day out with Thomas the Train" weekends (8/16-8/17 and 8/23-8/24). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Six Options

  • $5 for admission for one, redeemable Monday–Friday only ($10 value)
  • $11 for admission for two, redeemable Monday–Friday only ($20 value)
  • $22 for admission for four, redeemable Monday–Friday only ($40 value)
  • $7 for admission for one, redeemable Saturday and Sunday only ($14 value)
  • $15 for admission for two, redeemable Saturday and Sunday only ($28 value)
  • $30 for admission for four, redeemable Saturday and Sunday only ($56 value)

Click here to see the operating schedule for the museum's electric, steam, and diesel train cars.

Illinois Railway Museum

The most enticing exhibits at the Illinois Railway Museum don't sit in glass cases. Instead, they can be found chugging along the five-mile mainline or the one-mile streetcar loop at various points in the day, giving visitors an opportunity to witness these antique machines functioning the way they were meant to do. This emphasis on living history is a key part of the museum's mission to educate visitors about the growth and development of the railroad industry throughout the Chicagoland area as well as the United States in general.

Although it already possesses extensive collections of trolley coaches, electric cars, diesel engines, steam locomotives, and hovercraft, the Illinois Railway Museum is still bent on acquiring more pieces, hoping to eventually represent each major chronological period in the history of rail travel. The museum's technicians do their best to restore antique equipment whenever possible, either by rebuilding original parts or by using modern reproductions and cosmetic touches to fill in the blanks. This ensures that visitors will not only be able to see restored, full-sized versions of historic rolling stock, but can also witness them in motion and even ride some of them.

Beyond the locomotives and cars, the Illinois Railway Museum also features a broad assortment of historical artifacts. Antique signals, telegraph and communications equipment, tools, uniforms, and ticket stubs are all available for viewing for guests hoping to learn even more about America's railroad history.


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  • “Love this place. Picnic or cafe, read about history or just walk around and look - very cool day trip. we're from the city so we head to the train museum then fruit...”

    “Love this place. Picnic or cafe, read about history or just walk around and look - very cool day trip. we're from the city so we head to the train museum then fruit picking/to one of the farms to make a whole day of the travel.”

  • “You will spend all day here... ”

  • “Start at the back and walk forward. More interesting trains are in the back of the museum lot. Also, allow for more time than you think you need.”

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    7000 Olson Rd.

    Union, Illinois 60180

    815-923-4391

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