Last updated: 3/30/2011
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Street Address
1021 Bandana Blvd E
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Mailing Address
1021 Bandana Blvd E
Suite 222
Saint Paul, MN 55108
phone: 651-647-9628
Regular Museum Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday11 AM - 3 PM
Wednesday11 AM - 3 PM & 6 PM - 8 PM
Thursday11 AM - 3 PM
Friday11 AM - 5 PM
Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Toy Train Division Hours:
Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Age 5 and Older $6.00 Children Under 5 FREE
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Jonathan Schrein, Vp for Public Relations
phone: 651-647-9628

Located in historic Bandana Square, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum is an exquisitely detailed model panorama of railroads in the Twin Cities during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. This was a time when both steam and diesel engines shared the rails. Thousands of volunteer hours have faithfully reproduced Twin Cities railroad history in O Scale (1/4 inch equals 1 foot), an impressive sight and well worth your visit. Come watch the Empire Builder speed along miles of tracks through the Twin Cities, rumble over St. Anthony Falls on the famed Stone Arch Bridge and down the Mississippi. Freight trains haul the goods to and from the industries that made the Twin Cities famous.


Our mission is to provide family entertainment for the young and old alike, while preserving this era of Minnesota railroad history.


On May 1, 1934, a group of modelers met to form the St. Paul Craftsman Club and begin building an O-gauge model railroad. From these humble beginnings, and through several location and name changes, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum has grown to a world-class museum.

Artifact Collections

The Twin City Model Railroad Museum has an extensive collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, including photos, advertising, posters, timetables and more. An 0-8-0 switcher steam engine is on the Museum grounds.

Research Collections

The Twin City Model Railroad Museum has an extensive collection of railroad books, photos and magazines.

Educational Programs

The Museum sponsors an Explorers club.


The Twin City Model Railroad Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: No


Wheelchair Accessible


Gift Shop

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