Museum Timetable

Holiday and seasonal trains along with special rail-related events highlight the Museum’s annual Timetable. Select events include a ride behind one of the Museum’s steam or diesel locomotives in passenger cars from different eras in Colorado railroad history or in one of the famous Rio Grande Southern “Galloping Goose” Motorcars.

Thanks to our partners Visit Golden & SCFD and sponsor All Support All Computers.

Special Events

March 31 – Bunny Express Train
May 12 – Steampunk at the Station
July 14 – Dinosaur Express Train
October 27 – Trick or Treat Train

Admission is valid all day and includes activities and unlimited rides behind a steam locomotive. Rides operate 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

Admission rates: Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $15, and Seniors $10.

Theme Events

Day Out With Thomas
September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23

Polar Express
November 7-11, 14-18, 23-25 & 28-30
December 1-2, 5-9, 12-16 & 18-23

Theme Events are unique trademarked experiences with unique pricing, schedules and attractions.

Reserved admission tickets are required. Museum Members receive a discount on reserved admission tickets and the first opportunity to purchase Theme Event tickets. Click on the event link for specific details.

Ride the Rails Days

February 3, 10, 17 & 24
March 3, 10, 17 & 24
April 7, 14, 21 & 28
May 5,
August 18, 25
September 29
October 6, 13,  & 20

May 17-20, 24-27 & 31
June 1-3, 7-10, 14-16, 21-24 & 28-30
July 1, 5-8, 12, 15, 19-22 & 26-29
August 2-5, & 9-12

Rides depart twice per hour from 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Admission: Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8.

Ride Tickets: Adults (16+) $4, Children (2-15) $2. Museum members receive $1 discount per ticket.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door, no reservations required.

Free Admission Days

SCFD Sponsored Free Days

To celebrate our partnership with the SCFD the Museum is proud to offer free general admission to all visitors select Thursdays throughout the year:

March 8
April 12
October 11

Catch a ride behind one of the Museum’s historic “Galloping Goose” Motorcars.

Admission: Free
Ride Tickets: Adults $4 (16+), Children $2 (2-15, under two is free). Museum members receive $1 discount per ticket.

Boulder County Free Days

To celebrate our partnership with the City of Boulder the Museum is proud to offer free general admission and rides behind a historic steam locomotive to all Boulder County residents select Fridays throughout the year:

March 30

May 11
July 13

Catch a ride behind one of the Museum’s historic steam locomotives in vintage passenger cars.

Admission: Boulder County Residents, Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8.
Ride Tickets: Boulder County Residents Free, Adults (16+) $4, Children (2-15) $2. Museum members receive $1 discount per ticket.

Free Parent Days

Celebrate parents this summer with free admission on select holidays for the parent of honor.

Mother’s Day – Sunday May 13, 2018
Father’s Day – Sunday June 17, 2018

Admission: Museum members, select parents and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $15 and Seniors $10.
Ride Tickets: Adults (16+) $4, Children (2-15) $2. Museum members receive $1 discount per ticket.

Spring Break


Join us as we explore all things model railroads all week long!

Hands-on activities, model railroad demonstrations, stories as well as make & takes – all themed around model railroading!

Monday March 26
Tuesday March 27
Wednesday March 28
Thursday March 29
Friday March 30

Free with general admission.


Thanks to our sponsor, make sure to stop by their display:

Colorado Rails and Cocktails

An Evening of Colorado History. Relax, have a beverage, and travel back to a time when railroads shaped the American West.

February 2 – Hats Off!
March 2Rails & Art at the American Western Art Museum
May 4 – Otto Perry, Master Photographer
August 3 – Locomotive 20
September 7 – A Ticket to Tomahawk!
November 2 – Train Wreck!

Admission includes 2 beverages of your choice: beer, wine or soda and snacks. Doors open at 5:30PM for early enjoyment of Museum displays and the presentation starts promptly at 6:30PM. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:00PM.

Admission: $20 for members $25 non-members. Ages 21+ only. Order tickets online here.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Join staff members of the Colorado Railroad Museum for unique, behind the scenes experiences.

February 13 – Dishin’ on Dishes
May 8 – ABCs of Railroad Postcards

Tours depart at 10:30AM select Saturdays throughout the year. Space is limited to 15 participants.

Admission: $20 members $25 non-members. Order tickets online here.

Date on the Diner

Guests are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Saturday February 17

This will be a mid-century themed affair and period dress is encouraged. Seating will begin at 4:30pm with dinner served at 5:00pm followed by a short theatrical performance. Both dinner and the performance will occur on our beautiful Union Pacific Dining Car.

Tickets: $150 per couple: includes dinner, desert, beer, wine, or soft drinks, and other “goodies.” Tickets include regular admission and a ride,* We encourage you to arrive early to enjoy the Museum exhibits, pose for photos with historic rail equipment and take a ride on our Galloping Goose before the show starts.

Order tickets online here.

*Regular Museum grounds & exhibits open 9:00AM until 5:00PM, rides operate 10:00AM until the last departure at  4:00PM. Please arrive early to tour the Museum and ride the “Galloping Goose.”

Summer Camp


Session 1 (Grades 1-3): June 11-15
Session (Grades 4-5): June 18-22

Explore the ABCs of railroading this summer at the Colorado Railroad Museum!

Explore the railroad’s effect on the buffalo, try your hand on a telegraph key with Morse code, get up close to the original ski train.

Campers explore the world of trains through on-site fieldtrips, model railroading and the importance of historic preservation.  Hands-on activities, storytelling, demonstrations and more introduce campers to this unique world.

$250.00 members, $275.00 non-members. Registration due at least 7 days before camp start.


  1. Submit your payment in the Online Depot General Store
  2. Complete and return the Camp Registration Form at least seven days prior to the start of your camp.

You may also mail, email or fax your registration forms with full payment to:

Attn: Summer Camps
Colorado Railroad Musem
PO Box 10
Golden, CO 80402
Fax: 303-279-4229

Director's Storytime and Craft

10:00-11:00AM 3rd Tuesday Each Month

Young train enthusiasts meet to read stories with a decidedly railroad theme followed by a fun make and take home craft. Afterwards enjoy exploring the museum’s grounds and exhibits. The program is a collaboration between the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Golden Public Library. (Upper Gallery)

Recommended ages 4-6 years old. Included with General Admission.

Cub Scout Day

October 20

Cub Scouts will enjoy a variety of activities that complement their Arrows of Light Adventures including: participating in the flag ceremony, trying their hand at geocaching, exploring tools used on the railroad, identifying the rocks and minerals used by trains, meeting an engineer, working with a telegraph, learning a traditional railroad song and more.

Registration Fee: $10 per participant, adult leaders free. Register online here.

Reservations required by Monday, October 15.

Model Train Club Operations

Currently the Museum hosts two separate model railroad clubs, each operated by a dedicated base of volunteer club members.
The Denver HO Model Railroad Club operates their layout in the Museum Depot Building Lower Gallery Tuesday afternoons 1:00PM-4:00PM. Members also operate during the Day Out With Thomas event days and during most “Special Events” listed above.
The Denver Garden Railway Society club members operate most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 9:00AM-12:00PM. Club members also operate during Day Out With Thomas dates and “Special Events” listed above.

Private Event Rentals

The Colorado Railroad Museum offers the perfect setting year-round, for your next “Train-Themed” birthday party, event or celebration. Select from several historic railcars located on the Museum’s 15-acre railyard, located in scenic Golden, Colorado or reserve the outdoor Picnic Pavilion for a privet experience.

Learn more about hosting your next event at the Museum here.

NEW 2018 - Open Car Sundays

April 2018 – Sundays

Volunteers will open a variety of cars for visitors to explore. This is a fun and unique opportunity for visitors to explore a nmber of cars normally not open to the public!

Admission: Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8.