by guest blogger Raquel Hinson

The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum is now open downtown on South Main, next to Central Train Station. It’s technically not a ‘kids museum’ but there was nothing but kids and parents when I went there and the kiddos were definitely entertained. The obvious grabber for the kids is the Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit, where my kiddo (Reed, almost 4) got to play conductor and control the trains running up and down the tracks. There are also small scale functioning train models and a large one that will fit most kids under age 5.

The downside, especially during the summer, is that the museum is currently only open on the weekends: Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-5pm and Sundays from noon-5pm. The upside is that it’s cheap: adults are $3, kids 4-12 are $1 and kids under 4 are free.

They also do birthday parties, packaged with food from Grawemeyer’s, which include a trolley ride around South Main.  You can park on the street in front of the museum or on GE Patterson (the closest cross street).

Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum
545 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38101
901-590-3099

An EMM Reader, Raquel Hinson has two children and is currently interning at the I Love Memphis blog.  Thanks for your help Raquel!