After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon for the Railway Coastal Museum, located on Water Street West. Choose between two options:
- For $3, you get one adult, youth, or senior admission (up to a $6 value).
- For $6, you get one family pass for two adults and up to three children (a $13 value).
The Railway Coastal Museum explores the history of track-based transport in 42 themed exhibits spread across the ground floor of the 107-year-old Riverhead station. As they gaze into the plush interiors of a vintage passenger train populated with 21 figures in 1940s dress, museum patrons can relive the glory days of the "Newfie Bullet," which transported Allied troops to military bases during World War II. Soldiering on, visitors can leisurely peruse 28 models, murals, and paintings that immortalize the fast-galloping wheels, ravenous furnace-belly, and majestic, oxidized coal droppings of the iron horse.
After gorging on railroad-related info inside the museum, still-hungry brains can head outside to pose for a photo in front of the Mile Zero marker of the 22,000-kilometre Trans-Canada Trail or ponder the colourful exteriors of aged engines resting in the outdoor Train Park in between rounds of boiler bingo and steam-powered chess.
Railway Coastal Museum
By land and by sea, the Railway Coastal Museum highlights the history of Newfoundland rail-and-nautical services. The museum sits inside the 110-year-old Newfoundland Railway station, which is at the beginning of the Trans Canada Trail and the original railway route. Visitors can explore the old platform, a restored 1940s train car, and the stories of the people and events that shaped Newfoundland's past. Along with these railway-themed exhibits, the museum showcases the efforts of the Newfoundlanders who created the Coastal Services passenger, mail, and freight routes.