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Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

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Address: 406 Park Ave SE, Aiken, SC 29801-4510
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+1 803-293-7846
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09:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Visitors Center, located on the first floor of the rebuilt Aiken...

The Visitors Center, located on the first floor of the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot, can assist you with any questions you may have, contains maps and brochures of the area, a calendar of events and more.

The Train Museum, located on the second floor, has nine dioramas that depict the towns, as they were in 1916, along the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company right of way. This railroad became the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the US and the longest railroad in the world. These dioramas are done in the familiar HO scale and are complimented by interactive displays depicting railroad history. The Aiken Trolley Tour also departs from this location every Saturday at 10 am. Private trolley tours for groups of 15 or more may be available upon request.

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Great way to spend an afternoon and learn about Aiken history

Met my father in Aiken to show him my farm and the town. We both learned an awful lot about the Southerners that founded the town and the rich Northerners that spent the... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
SteveRoschelle
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Southwest Ranches, Florida
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Southwest Ranches, Florida
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Met my father in Aiken to show him my farm and the town. We both learned an awful lot about the Southerners that founded the town and the rich Northerners that spent the winters in Aiken and helped make it what it is today. We both enjoyed the afternoon and it convinced him that my choice was a good one.... More 

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North Augusta, South Carolina
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a two part experience. The old station is the visitors center/museum. Downstairs is the waiting room for the tour bus (trolley). Nicely preserved. Upstaits balcony has a small gauge train running around the circomfrence. It travels through diaramas of the cities and towns that the real train traveled. The lighting even dims for night and daytime effects.The trolly... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a terrific place to start a tour of Aiken. This unique town, has so much to see and do, and your questions can be answered, all the why's and wherefore's, directions given, and bits and pieces of the town history shared. There is no cost associated with the visitor's bureau, and there is a tour that is offered, which... More 

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Glad we could assist you! Aiken is a gem! More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped here because of the previous reviews and thought I would see a real train museum. Not to be. The "museum" consists of 9 dioramas that has a model train running between them. I have stopped at train museums that were real museums and very interesting. This is not one of them. I spent about 15 minutes here.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The visitors center and train museum is something that everyone should see 1 time. If you are visiting Aiken, you must go to the train museum.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Aiken is steeped in railroad history. It's only fitting that you begin your journey here! More 

Atlanta
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The train museum, which is upstairs, is so extensive that it's virtually impossible to see all the exhibits in depth. The volunteers downstairs are very helpful and provide lots of very helpful information, including maps and brochures on many places to go and things to do in Aiken. They also have a neat used book section with title that relate... More 

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Aiken is a wonderful community! More 

Bluffton, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our drive to Aiken, we went through several small towns where the railroad ran right through the middle of town and there were many refurbished home on both sides of the road adjacent to the tracks. It was at this Train Museum we learned so much about how the trains were the reason these little towns existed and they... More 

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed review! We couldn't have said it better. More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Greathistory about the train coming to Aiken from Charleston in 1833. Lots oflocal info and brochures available. Staff very helpful.

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Thank Sherry W
MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Glad we could assist you! More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Not what we thought. You just walk around upstairs listening to a very monotone voice giving you a history lesson. On this site it said you could take trolley rides, but non were offered. The most fun we had was on the tree out front.

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Thank April M
Jenny B, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Hi April, So sorry that it didn't meet your expectations. We do offer trolley tours every Saturday, but I'm sorry you weren't offered one or none was available when you visited. If you would send me an email at JBurghardt@cityofaikensc.gov I would be happy to send you a couple tickets. All my Best, Jenny Burghardt More 

Aiken, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 13 April 2017

The train display is very well done for both adults and children. The scavenger hunt was a big hit for small children. The staff welcomes kids and has special coloring sheets and crayons for drawing.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

The scavenger hunt is a lot of fun! It gives children the opportunity to really look at the dioramas. More 

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