Tours at the Northwest Railway Museum

There are a variety of guided tour options available at the Northwest Railway Museum! See the tabs below to find a tour option that works for you.

Also, self-guided tours are always available at the Snoqualmie Depot and along the Centennial Trail, where interpretive signs highlight some of the large artifacts in the Museum's collection. Further, there are free activities available from the Bookstore between 10am and 5pm: a History Hunt scavenger hunt for children ages 5 and up and a Treasure Hunt for toddler and pre-school age children.

Grand Tour Package

This is the premier tour offered at the Northwest Railway Museum.

The Grand Tour Package is a docent lead experience that begins at the Snoqualmie Depot. Your docent will give a brief tour of the Depot before you board the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad for a short ride to the Train Shed Exhibit Building. Detrain and enjoy a 30 minute tour of the 25,000 sq. ft. building that includes large and small artifacts and several exhibits including the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit. New in 2017, your docent will escort you through chapel car 5: Messenger of Peace and the 001 caboose! Next you will walk over to the Conservation and Restoration Center for a first hand look at current restoration projects. Re-board the train and travel west to the top of Snoqualmie Falls where you will view water going over the top of Snoqualmie Falls and a beautiful view of the valley and river below the Falls. Your docent will stay with you during your trip to the Falls, interpreting the scenery and providing both historic and contemporary context. The Package ends when the train returns to Snoqualmie Depot. The round-trip experience lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

2017 Dates and Times: (please arrive early to purchase tickets ~ reservations recommended)
1st Saturdays @ 12:30pm, May through September.

Additional dates: you may reserve a Tour on any other running date for groups of 10-20 people by email: info@TrainMuseum.org.

Cost: Adults $24, Seniors (62+) $20, Children* (2-12) $12, under 2 = no cost *The Tour Package is not recommended for children under the age of 5.

Reservations: you may reserve your regularly scheduled Grand Tour Package by contacting the bookstore clerk at 425/888-3030 x 7202. Please note: payment is required to make a reservation and there are no refunds.  ***If you wish to schedule a Tour on a different date, email: info@TrainMuseum.org.

What is a docent? At the Northwest Railway Museum, a docent is a volunteer who has completed the Docent Training Program. The program focuses on teaching techniques and public speaking, as well as tour content development. Only qualified docents may lead tours or participate in education programs at the Northwest Railway Museum.

Grand Tour Package groups are limited to 20 people and are first come, first serve. Reserve your Grand Tour Package today to guarantee your spot on the next tour by contacting the bookstore clerk at 425/888-3030 x 7202.

Snoqualmie Depot

The Snoqualmie Depot has a rich history waiting to be revealed by a trained tour guide, called a docent. Why are there separate ladies and mens waiting rooms? Why was such a decorative depot built in such a small town? Why did large groups of people travel to Snoqualmie by train as early as 1889? How did the railroad change everything in Snoqualmie Valley and the Pacific Northwest? Learn all this and more as you tour the Snoqualmie Depot.

Tours of the Snoqualmie Depot are available by reservation Monday thru Friday between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. ***Add a trip to the Train Shed Exhibit Building (see Train Shed Exhibit Building tab) for the same price! ***

Dates and times: Weekdays, by reservation a minimum of two weeks in advance (for weekend tour options, see the Grand Tour Package tab)

Group Size: Tours by reservation are available for groups of 10 or more people.

Cost: $10 per person (scholarships available)

Reservations: you may schedule a Depot Tour by email: click here.

Black-out dates: The month of July.

Train Shed Exhibit Building

The Train Shed is a 25,000 sq. ft. building that includes collection storage and exhibit space. The building is open weekdays by reservation only. Reservations are available Monday thru Friday between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. ***Add a trip to the Snoqualmie Depot for the same price! ***

Dates and times: Weekdays, by reservation (for weekend tour options, see the Grand Tour Package tab)

Group Size:
Tours by reservation are available for groups of 10 or more people.

Cost: $10 per person (scholarships available)

Reservations: you may schedule a weekday Train Shed Tour by email: click here.

Black-out dates: March, July, December

Restoration Center

The Conservation & Restoration Center (CRC) is an 8,200 sq. ft. collection care facility. This is a working shop and as such is only open on a very limited basis. The CRC is open to the public the last Friday of every month, 12pm-12:30pm. Reservations are required and must be made a minimum of one week in advance.

Dates and times: the last Friday of every month, 12pm-12:30pm. No tours available November or December.

Cost: $10 per person

Reservations: you may schedule a CRC Tour by email: click here.

Black-out months: November and December.

In 2017 you can get a first hand look at restoration projects as part of the Grand Tour Package program! See the Grand Tour Package tab for more information on that program.

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Museum Hours

Depot Hours: 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There is limited access during Day Out With Thomas and Santa Train events.

Price: No admission charge to visit the depot and grounds.

Riding the Train: The train runs Saturdays and Sundays, April through the end of October.