Plan Your Visit

There’s something amazing about trains. The familiar whistle has always promised adventure. The gentle rock of the rails has set the rhythm of our lives. Experience it all again at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Stroll the Museum’s 15-acre railyard with over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and G-scale garden railway. Watch as Colorado railroad history is brought back to life in our Roundhouse restoration facility with a working turntable.

Visit the 1880s-replica Depot Museum building housing thousands of rare artifacts, along with the Denver HO Model Railroad Club’s operating model layout replicating the various types of Colorado mountain railroading.

And take home a memory from our Depot General Store featuring thousands of train gifts for every railfan.


The Museum is open daily, year-round from 9:00AM-5:00PM (last admission is sold at 4:30PM).

During Polar Express Train Ride operations in November and December, the Museum will close to regular guests at 4:00PM.

Easter Sunday hours: 12:00PM-5:00PM

Thanksgiving Eve hours: 9:00AM-2:00PM

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 17, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

When temperatures exceed 95 degrees staff may close select rail cars that do not have appropriate ventilation.

General Admission

Throughout the month of January, the Colorado Railroad Museum will be offering free General Admission to all federal employees and their immediate family members due to the current government shutdown. To receive free admission, employees must present a valid government issued identification at the Museum Admission Desk.

Members and children under 2 • Free
Children 2 – 15 • $5
Adults (16 – 59) • $10
Seniors (60+) • $8

Train Ride Tickets on Ride the Rails Saturdays
Children • $2
Adults • $4
Museum Members receive a $1 discount on tickets for Ride the Rails Saturdays.

Discounted admission rates are provided for Active Military, AAA Members, disabled adults and Groups over 20.

All tickets include access to Museum Exhibits, the Roundhouse Restoration Facility viewing gallery and our Railyard. General Admission does not cover the cost associated to Colorado Railroad Museum Events.

*General Admission is not available during Day Out With Thomas event days or The Polar Express Train Ride operations.


Just minutes from Denver.

The Colorado Railroad Museum is located 12 miles west of downtown Denver. Take Exit 265 off of I-70 onto Colorado Highway 58 and follow the signs.

17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, CO 80403

For driving directions and a map, click here.

Event Rental

Picnic Pavilion

Guests are invited to enjoy our outdoor picnic area with our pavilion nestled under our spectacular Colorado Cottonwood trees. Pack your favorite picnic lunch and beverages, but do keep in mind we are an alcohol-free facility.

Birthday Party Rentals

The Colorado Railroad Museum offers the perfect setting year-round, for your next “Train-Themed” birthday party or celebration. Select from one of several historic railcars located on the Museum’s 15-acre railyard, located in scenic Golden, Colorado

Learn more about renting space for your next event!

Partner Organizations

Members of the following organizations receive free admission

Intermountain Chapter-National Railway Historical Society
Rocky Mountain Railroad Club
Denver HO Club
Denver Garden Railway Society

You’ll need to present your membership card for free admission.

Group Rates

We offer a discount of 15% off regular admission prices for any adult group of 20 or more. Schedule your group and request a free volunteer tour guide by contacting Museum Guest Services at 303-279-4591 or online.

Disabled Individuals and Special Needs
General admission is $4 per guest and attendants are free. Advance notice is requested so that your visit may be accommodated.

$4 per child, ages 2-15. Advanced reservations are required for children’s groups and there is a maximum of 60 children per group. We require one adult supervisor for every seven children (ages 12 and up) and one supervisor for every five children (under 12). Supervisors receive free Museum admission.

Head Start groups pay only $0.75 per person; no other discounts apply. The ratio of one adult for every four children is necessary for adequate supervision. The group total is not to exceed 60 participants.

OnCell Audio Tour

Our OnCell Audio Tour is available online and on-site during your visit. Using any web ready computer, device or mobile phone, you can access additional information about historic equipment while touring the grounds. Click here now or call 303-800-1303.

Special Needs

The Colorado Railroad Museum desires for every guest to have a memorable and pleasant experience. For special needs and accessibility parameters, please contact the Museum.

Photography Groups

$20 per person outside of normal museum hours ($30 during Special Events).

10 person minimum. Private photo shoots can be scheduled from 6am-9am or 5pm-8pm most weekdays.

Service Animals

Service animals for our guests with special needs are always welcome and permitted in the Museum buildings and throughout the grounds.