The Science Museum of Virginia hosts the 39th Annual Model Railroad Show featuring trackless train rides, exclusive tours of vintage train cars, and gigantic model train displays during Thanksgiving weekend.
The family holiday tradition runs Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27. Guests can explore the historic Broad Street Station turned museum as they celebrate a history of innovation through interactive experiences.
A diverse collection of model train layouts will adorn the Museum, with scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Trackless train rides on the Teddy Bear Express will depart daily, taking junior conductors and their families for a ride in front of the Museum. Guests are invited to join guided tours of the luxurious Car ONE and step inside historic train cars, which open exclusively during the holiday weekend.
The Model Railroad Show showcases blacksmiths forging custom metal pieces and Clydesdale horses – the original iron horse. Hands-on activities include building the world’s simplest electric train, unique model train workshops, demonstrations uncovering the science of trains and special performances by the Carpenter Science Theatre Company. The Dome theater will show National Parks Adventure and live Cosmic Expeditions, Planet Nine, and We Are Stars.
The Model Railroad Show is included with exhibit admission. Tickets are $14 with $1 discounts for ages 4-12 and 60+. Show times can be found, along with a detailed schedule for the weekend, at smv.org or by calling 804.864.1400.