"Our goal is to build exceptional facilities
to house our
President of the Board
The following projects catalog the progress of the Museum's capital
William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Visitor's Center
Phase 1 Now Open!
At the heart of the
grounds will be a new multi-purpose building. This 27,000 square foot
building will introduce guests to our world-class collection of artifacts.
Additionally, this facility will accommodate our library, orientation/service
center, gift shop and café. Construction
began on August 12, 2009.
Construction moves ever more forward...
|William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein
Visitor's Center under construction.
||The Visitor's Center will offer expanded parking
and pedestrian pathways.
The Train of Thought - Completed May 2007
A renovated rail car with class!
This rail car classroom is used daily bringing history alive for elementray
school children as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Miniature Railroad - Opened October 2005
All aboard! With the purchase and installation of two C.P. Huntington
Locomotives and three coaches, guest of all ages can enjoy a ride on
these historic replicas.
Earl C. Lindburg Automobile Center - Completed November 2005
A complete renovation of the Museum’s automobile gallery provides
appropriate space for the Museum’s extensive collection of vehicles.
Creation Station Education Center - Opened November 2005
A 2,400 square foot addition to the Earl C. Lindburg Automobile Center
houses this hands-on learning environment dedicated to exposing children
to all modes of transportation while enriching early developmental skills.
New Entrance, Road and Parking Lot - Completed Fall 2005
The entrance creates better visibility and leads to an expanded parking
lot, which is closely linked to the visitors' center.
Streetcar Line - Completed Fall 2004
Visitors can ride a vintage streetcar to experience our legacy in motion.
Look for the line to expand soon!
Restroom Facilities/Site Furnishing/Signage - Completed Fall 2004
New restrooms, picnic furniture, and directional signage can accommodate
an increased number of visitors in the area of our major outdoor exhibits.
Expanded Train Sheds and Exhibit Pavilions - 2010 & 2011
These are much needed open-air covered areas that will protect the collection
and allow for visitor interaction.