All Aboard! The Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities this November

October 30, 2019

Winter-Wonderland Model Train Exhibit Returns November 23rd

BOSTON (October 30, 2019) – Celebrate the winter season at the Museum of Science with a suite of train-themed attractions, sure to entertain the entire family. For the second year in a row, the Museum’s temporary model train exhibit, All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, makes its return, in a new space within the Museum, alongside a variety of other attractions, including Thomas & Friends™ and OMNI and 4-D films sure to make for a day filled with fun exploring the rails.

Returning on November 23rd is the Museum’s seasonal tradition, All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, featuring classic winter landscapes, miniature trains, snow-covered peaks, engaging hands-on activities, and more. Visitors will experience multiple model train layouts, including tables where kids of all ages can lay wooden tracks and explore trains hands-on, a Mountain Village, featuring O-Scale model trains, a Village Trolley display, featuring G-Scale model trains, and a Boston Train Layout, featuring local landmarks and HO-Scale model trains. The exhibit will also feature a custom-made, HO Scale, 11’ 6”-long model of the Museum of Science, created by studio model maker and digital artist, John Goodson, who has worked on film series such as Star Trek, Star Wars, and others. In addition, visitors can consult with expert train model makers, who will be on-site on select days to care for the model train displays and answer questions. Created in collaboration with the HUB Division, Inc., of the Northeast Region (NER) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), a non-profit organization that has served Boston and Eastern Massachusetts-area model train enthusiasts for the past 50 years, the displays will showcase a variety of model trains, sure to spark the curiosity of the whole family. The exhibit will be at the Museum through January 7, 2020.

“This winter, we are excited to bring All Aboard! back to Science Park, partnering again with the HUB Division to build upon last year’s immersive experience,” said Christine Reich, Senior Vice President of Exhibits & Research at the Museum of Science. “This exhibit invites visitors, children and adults alike, to experience and celebrate the intricate and evocative nature of model trains. We are thrilled to engage our visitors throughout our Exhibit Halls, as we carry the train theme through the Museum with additional exhibits and shows.”

Throughout the Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to explore and experience trains through a variety of exhibits and films.


Including All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, the Museum is hosting the exhibit, Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails, the family-friendly adventure for young learners ages 2 to 7, through January 12, 2020. This temporary exhibit brings visitors on an experience helping Thomas and his friends to solve a variety of challenges, combining play opportunities and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts.

4-D and Omni Films

In the 4-D Theater, guests can experience THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience, returning November 8, and Thomas & Friends™ 4-D: Bubbling Boilers!, open through January 12, 2020. In our Mugar OMNI Theater, the popular Rocky Mountain Express, returns to the giant screen November 23.

All Aboard! Trains at Science Park returns to the Museum of Science, Boston on November 23 through January 7, 2020. The exhibit is included with regular Exhibit Halls admission: $29 for adults, $25 for seniors (60+), and $24 for children (3-11). For more information, the public can call 617-723-2500 or visit

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces approximately 1.5M visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. Beyond its walls, the Museum reaches tens of millions more through award-winning STEM content such as its blockbuster traveling exhibits, The Science Behind Pixar and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, the world’s leading prek-8 engineering curricula, EiE®, and originally created, globally distributed planetarium shows. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at

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