• An engineer inspects the running gear of a steam locomotive at Steamtown NHS

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Indoor Activities

In Steamtown's History Museum, the Life on the Railroad section includes full size multicolor mannequins showing the different jobs of railroading.  The Pullman Porter wears blue slacks, a white jacket, bow tie, and blue cap.  He carries a small stack of sheets.

Life on the Railroad, in the History Museum, tells about the men and women who worked for the railroads, including the Pullman Porter.  Porters formed the first union in the United States to allow African-American members.

Museums

Explore our museums and view the Park film, "Steel and Steam." Guided walking tours of the Locomotive Shop are offered on most days year round. Rain or shine, Steamtown offers a chance to learn about the history of railroading and how the steam locomotive - and the people who worked to make it happen - created the America we know today.
 
Visitors enjoy a special presentation at Steamtown NHS theater

Visitors enjoy a special presentation in the theater at Steamtown NHS.

Theater Presentations

The Steamtown NHS Museum Complex includes a 250-seat theater. On most days, the 18-minute HD film "Steel and Steam" is shown every half hour, at the top and bottom of the hour - first show is at 9:30 am, last show at 4:00 pm. During our Winter Hours schedule, last show is at 3:00 pm. On days where the main Theater is closed, the film screens in the History Museum (top level) on a continuous loop schedule.

We occasionally showcase various other railroad-related special presentations in the Theater, courtesy of unique partnerships with national railroads such as Amtrak, Canadian Pacific Railway, Norfolk Southern, and CSX, as well as The History Channel and WVIA/Channel 44, our regional PBS affiliate.

 
Changing Exhibits Gallery

Changing Exhibits Gallery - Visitor Center - Floor 2

Changing Exhibits Gallery


Occasionally, we host interpretive exhibits related to our park mission: "To further public understanding of the role that steam railroading played in the development of the United States." The Changing Exhibits Gallery is located on the second floor of the Visitor Center, accessible via the stairs or elevator located behind the Information Desk. All exhibits are included in the park's daily Entrance Fee.


"A Cool Look at the Ice Industry"
February 7 - April 26, 2015

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