Minnesota Transportation Museum

Minnesota Transportation Museum Providing family fun with REAL train rides, educational programs and more! MTM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preserving local railroad heritage, connecting future generations to the past.

Locations in Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Osceola, WI. MTM is a non-profit preserving local railroad and bus heritage and connecting our future generations to the past.

Locations in Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Osceola, WI. MTM is a non-profit preserving local railroad and bus heritage and connecting our future generations to the past.

Operating as usual

*We want your photos!* MTM is sponsoring a photo contest to populate the 2022 Calendar. Members whose photos are selecte...
08/25/2021

*We want your photos!* MTM is sponsoring a photo contest to populate the 2022 Calendar. Members whose photos are selected will receive 4 free coach tickets for use at our Osceola, Wisconsin excursion train before September 15, 2022 (not a member? visit trainride.org/members and join today!) Nonmembers will receive a free calendar and one free family pass to the Jackson Street Roundhouse. Send your highest resolution photos to [email protected]. All photos received may be used in other MTM publications with proper accreditation.

Thank you for "framing" MTM in a photogenic light!

*We want your photos!* MTM is sponsoring a photo contest to populate the 2022 Calendar. Members whose photos are selected will receive 4 free coach tickets for use at our Osceola, Wisconsin excursion train before September 15, 2022 (not a member? visit trainride.org/members and join today!) Nonmembers will receive a free calendar and one free family pass to the Jackson Street Roundhouse. Send your highest resolution photos to [email protected]. All photos received may be used in other MTM publications with proper accreditation.

Thank you for "framing" MTM in a photogenic light!

Engine 328, an iconic fixture on early MTM excursion trains, returns to the museum this fall. Come take a look at local ...
08/20/2021

Engine 328, an iconic fixture on early MTM excursion trains, returns to the museum this fall. Come take a look at local railroad history! Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10a-4p. Tickets at www.trainride.org!

Engine 328, an iconic fixture on early MTM excursion trains, returns to the museum this fall. Come take a look at local railroad history! Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10a-4p. Tickets at www.trainride.org!

Just steps from Minnehaha Falls lies a unique and beautiful railroad landmark. Come visit us on Sundays through Septembe...
08/13/2021

Just steps from Minnehaha Falls lies a unique and beautiful railroad landmark. Come visit us on Sundays through September 5th! Admission is FREE. Open 1-5pm. More info at www.trainride.org 🚂

Just steps from Minnehaha Falls lies a unique and beautiful railroad landmark. Come visit us on Sundays through September 5th! Admission is FREE. Open 1-5pm. More info at www.trainride.org 🚂

Happy July 4th from the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Come celebrate American Independence with a patriotic train ...
07/03/2021

Happy July 4th from the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Come celebrate American Independence with a patriotic train ride!

The locomotive and observation car have been decked out for the holiday weekend! Come celebrate our nation's birthday by...
07/01/2021

The locomotive and observation car have been decked out for the holiday weekend! Come celebrate our nation's birthday by riding with us! Tickets are still available at www.trainride.org.

NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJames J. Hill Business Coach Returns Home(Saint Paul, Minnesota) After nearly a century...
06/18/2021

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

James J. Hill Business Coach Returns Home

(Saint Paul, Minnesota) After nearly a century, the personal business rail coach of James J. Hill is returning home to the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Transportation Museum (MTM) announced today that the historic Great Northern Railway A-18 has been donated to the museum. Hill was the founder of the former Saint Paul based Great Northern Railway that traversed the nation to the Pacific Northwest. Much of the business that he conducted was done on the A-18 as Hill rode the rails of his railroad empire. In the early 20th century, his home away from home, or office away from office, was the A-18.

The famous railway coach is making its way home from California to Minnesota this summer. Hill’s great-grandson, James J. Hill III, located and purchased the historic coach from a California railroad and donated it to the Saint Paul museum. “Because of Mr. Hill’s generosity, the MTM will fully restore the A- 18 to its original condition,” said Larry Paulson, volunteer project manager for the A-18 restoration project. “It will take about two years to complete the project, at which time it will become the signature exhibit of the museum,” he said. The restoration will take place at a facility in Minneapolis.

Because of its age, value and historic significance, the legendary coach will mostly be on display at the Minnesota Transportation Museum where it will be preserved. But it will be fully restored to operating condition and may occasionally make its way to Saint Paul Union Depot. “We want the public to see and experience James Hill’s living and working quarters,” said Paulson. “It will enable us all to better understand the expansion of our nation from physical and economic perspectives, and how the business conducted in the A-18 helped to build the Twin Cities we know today.”

The Minnesota Transportation Museum also has renovations planned at the Jackson Street Roundhouse to create a display space worthy of the A-18. Funding is needed for those roundhouse renovations. Anyone interested in investing in this significant piece of history should contact the MTM executive director at [email protected].

The Minnesota Transportation Museum is a nonprofit community organization that has been offering exhibits, interpretations, education, historic restorations, and vintage railway experiences for the past 57 years. Those experiences include operations of the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, and the museum located at Jackson Street Roundhouse. The organization is almost entirely volunteer led and relies on ticket sales and charitable contributions to support its operations. The Museum is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays. More information can be found at www.trainride.org.

Take Dad for a ride this weekend!
06/15/2021

Take Dad for a ride this weekend!

Take Dad for a ride this weekend!

06/10/2021
EMPIRE BUILDER CELEBRATION

Ninety-eight years ago today, the Empire Builder made its inaugural run. The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway celebrates with Empire Builder trips today. Excursion #1 just departed. www.trainride.org.

Last call for the Anniversary Train! Two special trains running this Thursday June 10th celebrating the 92nd anniversary...
06/09/2021

Last call for the Anniversary Train! Two special trains running this Thursday June 10th celebrating the 92nd anniversary of the famed Empire Builder, the flagship passenger train of the Great Northern Railway. Using historic cars used on the actual train, enjoy a leisurely mid-week trip through time in the scenic Saint Croix river valley.

Visit www.trainride.org and get your tickets!

Last call for the Anniversary Train! Two special trains running this Thursday June 10th celebrating the 92nd anniversary of the famed Empire Builder, the flagship passenger train of the Great Northern Railway. Using historic cars used on the actual train, enjoy a leisurely mid-week trip through time in the scenic Saint Croix river valley.

Visit www.trainride.org and get your tickets!

It may be hot but the vehicles are hotter! 😎 Check out classic cars, vintage trains as well as our museum located at the...
06/08/2021

It may be hot but the vehicles are hotter! 😎 Check out classic cars, vintage trains as well as our museum located at the historic Jackson Street Roundhouse.

Our June 9th event highlights GM vehicles!
Open 5-8pm

Bring your classic car and admission is only $5.00 per car!

Individual visitor admission is $15.00
Family visitor pass $30.00

It may be hot but the vehicles are hotter! 😎 Check out classic cars, vintage trains as well as our museum located at the historic Jackson Street Roundhouse.

Our June 9th event highlights GM vehicles!
Open 5-8pm

Bring your classic car and admission is only $5.00 per car!

Individual visitor admission is $15.00
Family visitor pass $30.00

Come visit us (and a bunch of our friends) at Saint Paul Union Depot tomorrow and Sunday 10a-4p! Get to meet some of our...
06/04/2021

Come visit us (and a bunch of our friends) at Saint Paul Union Depot tomorrow and Sunday 10a-4p! Get to meet some of our volunteers while checking out trains of all sizes! More info can be found at https://www.uniondepot.org/traindays/

Come visit us (and a bunch of our friends) at Saint Paul Union Depot tomorrow and Sunday 10a-4p! Get to meet some of our volunteers while checking out trains of all sizes! More info can be found at https://www.uniondepot.org/traindays/

Did you know your ticket to ride is also a ticket to some really good deals? It’s true!!

We’ve teamed up with local Osc...
06/02/2021

Did you know your ticket to ride is also a ticket to some really good deals? It’s true!!



We’ve teamed up with local Osceola businesses to bring you a trainload of special offers - take a look by clicking the link below. Present your train ticket and you’re on your way to savings!

There’s no better way to spend your day - Visit Osceola, ride the train and support our local businesses!

Choo Choo Specials!
http://bit.ly/ChooChooSpecials

Get your train tickets here!
http://bit.ly/OsceolaTrainRides

Did you know your ticket to ride is also a ticket to some really good deals? It’s true!!



We’ve teamed up with local Osceola businesses to bring you a trainload of special offers - take a look by clicking the link below. Present your train ticket and you’re on your way to savings!

There’s no better way to spend your day - Visit Osceola, ride the train and support our local businesses!

Choo Choo Specials!
http://bit.ly/ChooChooSpecials

Get your train tickets here!
http://bit.ly/OsceolaTrainRides

Looking for a new adventure that only takes a couple of hours?Join us for a quick ride on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley...
05/29/2021
Marine Schedule & Tickets | Minnesota Transportation Museum

Looking for a new adventure that only takes a couple of hours?

Join us for a quick ride on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway - trains depart from the beautiful Osceola Depot. Watch as the St. Croix River Valley rolls by, enjoying a view that can only be seen from our train. Visit our gift shop after your ride!

Pick boarding passes up at 114 Depot Road, Osceola, WI 54020. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time.

We offer two trips to Marine on St. Croix (1.5 hour) and one trip to Dresser (1 hour trip on Saturday's only). Tickets are available for today and tomorrow so if you're in the Osceola area, come check us out! Purchase tickets ahead of time or at the depot.

ALL ABOARD!

https://transportationmuseum.org/train-rides/

You are encouraged to move around the train and learn the history of the coaches and the railways. We depart from the Osceola Depot to Marine on St. Croix MN.

Here is the fantastic story that our friends over at Twin Cities Live filmed with us earlier this month. Our museum and ...
05/24/2021
Minnesota Transportation Museum

Here is the fantastic story that our friends over at Twin Cities Live filmed with us earlier this month. Our museum and our tourist railway are waiting for you and your family to climb on board.

Tickets can be purchased on our website and on location!

https://www.twincitieslive.com/explore/28924/minnesota-transportation-museum/

ALL ABOARD!

TCL reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to the Minnesota Transportation Museum where you can learn all about the history of the railroad in the Twin Cities. Click here and get a $100 voucher to the Minnesota Transportation Museum for just $50. The voucher is redeemable for 1 family (2 adults and up t

We have been waiting for this coming weekend for a LONG TIME!The Twin Cities area's best kept secret (not for long) is r...
05/21/2021
Osceola Train Ride Excursions | Minnesota Transportation Museum

We have been waiting for this coming weekend for a LONG TIME!

The Twin Cities area's best kept secret (not for long) is rolling down the rails once again starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 22nd! Join us for our opening weekend in Osceola, Wisconsin on our very own Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway!

Our trains are run by 100% certified volunteers; from our locomotive engineers, conductors, brakemen, car hosts, and safety crew, we are all here to ensure your ride is safe, enjoyable, and of course, scenic! Choose from our rides to Marine on St. Croix, MN (1.5 hours) or a shorter trip up to Dresser, WI (1 hour) and make sure to roam our train and our online gift shop!

So come on out to Osceola this weekend and ride the rails for the first time in a year and a half on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Tickets are available at the depot, located at

114 Depot Rd, Osceola, WI 54020

And online at https://transportationmuseum.org/train-rides/

Book an experience like none other in the St. Croix River Valley! Each one of the Transportation Museum’s excursions gives the riders a feel for the past.

MTM welcomes 4th & 5th graders from Lake Benton, MN to the roundhouse today. Groups are always welcome for special tours...
05/14/2021

MTM welcomes 4th & 5th graders from Lake Benton, MN to the roundhouse today. Groups are always welcome for special tours. Everyone, come visit tomorrow and take a caboose ride!

The Minnesota Transportation Museum and Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway will be featured on KSTP Channel 5 this Tuesd...
05/11/2021
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The Minnesota Transportation Museum and Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway will be featured on KSTP Channel 5 this Tuesday. Tune in from 3:00-4:30. Thanks Kelli Hanson!

Weekdays at 3-4:30pm on 5 Eyewitness News

Happy Mother's Day! Spending some time today doing what my mother did for me countless times in my childhood.. cleaning....
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day! Spending some time today doing what my mother did for me countless times in my childhood.. cleaning. Our volunteers are busy cleaning and preparing the train for you to enjoy this season! Come ride with us starting May 22nd! Visit www.trainride.org to view our schedule.

Happy Mother's Day! Spending some time today doing what my mother did for me countless times in my childhood.. cleaning. Our volunteers are busy cleaning and preparing the train for you to enjoy this season! Come ride with us starting May 22nd! Visit www.trainride.org to view our schedule.

We're having a great day at the Jackson Street Roundhouse. Come by today and check out our historic railway equipment, f...
05/08/2021

We're having a great day at the Jackson Street Roundhouse. Come by today and check out our historic railway equipment, fascinating stories of railroad lore, and go for a caboose ride. Open until 4:00.

We're having a great day at the Jackson Street Roundhouse. Come by today and check out our historic railway equipment, fascinating stories of railroad lore, and go for a caboose ride. Open until 4:00.

Here's a few more photos of our equipment heading to Osceola to kick off the 2021 season. Our volunteers are excited to ...
05/05/2021

Here's a few more photos of our equipment heading to Osceola to kick off the 2021 season. Our volunteers are excited to bring the train to you once again!! A very special thanks goes to our hosts Canadian National Railway, BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway for their willingness to work with us and provide for a safe and efficient route from our museum in Saint Paul to Osceola Depot.

Come ride with us in 2021! Visit www.trainride.org to view our schedule. Thank you!

After a year and a half pandemic pause, the train has finally arrived back at the Osceola Depot. Excursions begin on May...
05/04/2021

After a year and a half pandemic pause, the train has finally arrived back at the Osceola Depot. Excursions begin on May 22. Go to www.trainride.org and make your advance reservations today! (Photo by Brian Voss)

After a year and a half pandemic pause, the train has finally arrived back at the Osceola Depot. Excursions begin on May 22. Go to www.trainride.org and make your advance reservations today! (Photo by Brian Voss)

READY TO ROLL: the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway is back and will be on its way to home base - Osceola in a few hou...
05/04/2021

READY TO ROLL: the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway is back and will be on its way to home base - Osceola in a few hours. Come ride with us this summer!

The Jackson Street Roundhouse is a Minnesota treasure, filled with history and historic railroading equipment. Bring the...
04/21/2021

The Jackson Street Roundhouse is a Minnesota treasure, filled with history and historic railroading equipment. Bring the whole family to check us out on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And please explore our special events, like the one below:

The Jackson Street Roundhouse is a Minnesota treasure, filled with history and historic railroading equipment. Bring the whole family to check us out on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And please explore our special events, like the one below:

Dear Friends of the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway:You have been on board our train, you've seen the beauty of the S...
03/26/2021

Dear Friends of the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway:

You have been on board our train, you've seen the beauty of the St. Croix Valley, and you have met our train crews. Now is your chance to join them and spend summer weekends on the rails of the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Come join us TOMORROW morning at the Osceola Depot and learn all about volunteer opportunities on the railway.

For more information, contact Wayne Merchant at [email protected]

Dear Friends of the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway:

You have been on board our train, you've seen the beauty of the St. Croix Valley, and you have met our train crews. Now is your chance to join them and spend summer weekends on the rails of the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Come join us TOMORROW morning at the Osceola Depot and learn all about volunteer opportunities on the railway.

For more information, contact Wayne Merchant at [email protected]

ROUNDHOUSE SALE UPDATE!The items pictured are still available to purchase at our Jackson Street Roundhouse. Sale ends on...
03/26/2021

ROUNDHOUSE SALE UPDATE!

The items pictured are still available to purchase at our Jackson Street Roundhouse. Sale ends on Wednesday, March 31st. Many train books and pictures are still waiting for you to come purchase and take them home.

We are open tomorrow, Saturday, March 27th from 10-4. We are also open on Wednesdays from 10-4.

ALL ABOARD!

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Address

193 Pennsylvania Ave E
Saint Paul, MN
55130

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The Minnesota Transportation Museum is constantly evolving. Come experience any one of our interactive exhibits, take a train, caboose, or bus ride, or simply stop in to enjoy the memories of days gone by.

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Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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(651) 228-0263

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