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 sponsors: Visit Golden, SCFD and 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

September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2018 – Day Out With Thomas

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. Visit the event page for specific details.

Select Dates November & Decemberp 2018 – The Polar Express Train Ride

Ride the Rails Days

Train Rides Every Saturday

Daily Train Rides in June, Thursday-Sunday

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 Wednesdays throughout the year:

2018 dates TBA soon.

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.

Free Day at the Golden Museums

Golden’s museums and cultural attractions will offer FREE admission in honor of the Explore Golden Rally & Colorado Tourism Office Roadshow Kickoff.

2018 Date TBA soon.

Take the afternoon to tour around Golden and learn all about our remarkable history, art culture, mountaineering ties, geology and more!

Admission: Free

Boulder County Free Days

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

2018 Dates TBD

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.

Spring Break Days

10:00AM-1:30PM – March 2018

Your family is invited to join us for a week of special activities centered around a different theme each day.

2018 dates and themes to be determined.

Free with general daily admission.

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.

2018 Dates TBD

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.

$15 for members $20 non-members. Ages 21+ only. Order tickets online here.

Behind the Scenes Tours

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

2018 dates TBA soon.

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

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

Summer Camp


2018 dates TBA soon.

Explore the story of Colorado through trains and the people who rode and worked on them – like hobos, immigrants and holiday travelers or conductors, brakeman and Harvey Girls.

Through on-site field trips explore the fun of model railroading and the importance of historic preservation.

Hands-on activities, storytelling, demonstrations and more introduce campers to a world that is disappearing.

$250.00 members, $275.00 non-members.


  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)

Fee: Free for members, $2 for each non-member in addition to regular admission.

Recommended ages 4-6 years old.

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!