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Steamtown National Historic Site

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Address: 4 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
Phone Number: +1 570-340-5200
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This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to...

This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to America's economy in the 19th century.

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You need to chugga chugga over to the steam town. They have great hands on activities for kids as well as tons of real working train cars and engines

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Alyssa B
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You need to chugga chugga over to the steam town. They have great hands on activities for kids as well as tons of real working train cars and engines

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Thank Alyssa B
Rockland County, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is not as big as I expected, we only saw 15 or so locomotives on the whole site. They had a good exhibition explaining how the Pennsylvanian railroads had grown and then declined. The guided tours were what made the visit memorable for us, but were very variable. We had an extensive tour of the workshops and engine... More 

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very clean and modern facility with lots of parking and Trolley museum across the lot. Santa train rides during the winter holiday season by reservation (did not try Santa ride during this visit). Numerous restored and original train cars and engines. You can walk through many of the cars. Incredible historic information throughout the museum. Wished the large photographs had... More 

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Daphne, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is an excellent collection of rolling stock here as well as a beautifully maintained set of exhibits. One of our party was doing research and arranged access to the extensive archives stored here. Prepare to spend at least 2 hours (at least) to just visit all the exhibits. You'll want to.

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Thank Terri G
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice historical museum for train lovers. The train ride in the old time train was great!!! The price is right so a family of 5 can enjoy a trip without busting the bank!!!

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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had never heard of this attraction, but we had a great time visiting! We highly recommend it! There is a great area just for children, plus many of the train cars are for boarding and walking through. Interesting for young and old alike. For adults, take one of the free guided behind the scenes tours of the work shop!... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see ! A great way to spend a half day or whole day wondering around learning about the history. The museum is Very well displayed and informative. Lots of trains to look at . You can take a short ride , only 6.00. It really only goes back and forth a few times but worth it... More 

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Queensbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at a Ruby Tuesday in town, the night before visiting Steamtown. Our waitress was wonderful - professional and friendly; however, when we asked whether Steamtown was worth visiting she only seemed to know about Steamtown shopping area and said it was kind of OK. Fortunately, we did go to Steamtown Historical Site anyway and were fascinated! We only... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well laid out with a nice mix of indoor and outdoor displays. Suitable for people of all ages, train lover's or not.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I liked how the exhibits were timed to keep you moving during a trip there. My sons highlight was seeing the Union Pacific's "Big Boy". Will go back to see more as the Trolley Museum is right there also.

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