Top things to do
Want to ensure you see the best of our museum when you visit? We've compiled this list for all visitors.
Get close up to Mallard
No museum visit would be complete without having your photograph taken next to Mallard – the world's fastest steam locomotive.
Take a seat on the Shinkansen
Enter the world of the high speed bullet train.
Explore the Royal Carriages
See how the other half travelled as you visit Queen Victoria's favourite carriage which is located in our nostalgic Station Hall.
Watch a turntable demonstration
Enjoy a short talk and demonstration describing the turntable and its uses. Talks and tours take place on a daily basis at the museum – pick up our daily diary when you arrive to find out more.
Discover a Warehouse full of treasures
Be intrigued by our collection of amazing objects including the bullion box from the Great Train Robbery of 1855.
Take part in a science show
During weekends and school holidays kids can get interactive with our lively and sometimes explosive science shows! From elephant launchers to exiting experiments our Explainers will entertain you with fascinating facts.
Immerse yourself in our Art Gallery
Our fantastic art gallery showcases an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions from our unseen art collection, and artworks from across the world inspired by the railways
View our Workshop from the balcony
Watch engineers live at work as they restore, repair and maintain all kinds of things using specialist skills.
Discover a world of miniature locos
Kids of all ages will be mesmerised as they watch the trains travel in and out of tunnels and across scenic countryside.
* These happen only on school holiday.