If you’re interested in the history of what it was like to travel and work on the railroad, you’ve got to check out the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum. Housed in Temple’s historic Santa Fe Depot, this museum offers permanent and temporary exhibits for visitors to explore.
Where & When
You can find the Santa Fe Depot and the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum at 315 W. Avenue B, Temple. But because there is construction in front of the museum, that isn’t necessarily the best address to use if you’ll be following GPS directions. Instead, use 104 N 9th Street to get the best GPS directions to the parking lot entrance.
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $4. Children ages 5-12 are $2, and children under 5 are free. Adults over the age of 60 can attend for $3.
For groups from schools or other organizations that want to take a tour, the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum offers special rates. Groups even have the option of letting students ride and operate a working handcar. The cost for group tours is $3 per student with handcars and $2 per student without handcars. Groups must have a minimum of 15 visitors.
When You Get There
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum has permanent exhibits that focus on railroad history, especially the Santa Fe railroad and other railroads in Texas. You can even see some historic train cars. Temporary exhibits cover other American history or transportation topics.
There’s also plenty to do for families at the museum. With a playroom made for smaller kids and lots of information about the trains they always love to see, this is a great destination for families.
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