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Madison Railroad Station Museum

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Address: 615 West First Street, Madison, IN 47250
Phone Number:
+1 812-265-2335
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Madison Railroad Station museum is part of the History Center Campus...

The Madison Railroad Station museum is part of the History Center Campus which includes a local history museum and a restored caboose. The station museum is in the renovated station that was erected on the site in 1895. Much original equipment is still in the museum along with numerous interpretive displays that provide a very good feel for the construction of the railroad itself as well as how it interacted with the city.

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The Railroad Museum is fun. Make sure you get the extra pass to see the caboose and the outer building. They both have extras to offer. The main museum offers so much about... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2017
Kathy A
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

The Railroad Museum is fun. Make sure you get the extra pass to see the caboose and the outer building. They both have extras to offer. The main museum offers so much about Madison and Jefferson County's past. I enjoyed walking around and seeing all the items and pictures.

Thank Kathy A
Columbus IN
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

The limited coverage of the railroad history in Madison was very informative and concise. Great for a brief overview.

Thank AnnMooreColumbusIN
Creal Springs, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

Interesting facts about the railroad in Madison. Especially interesting was the history of the Madison Incline - a very steep grade track which was the only way for trains to get in or out of Madison. The Incline is still in Madison and can be walked.

Thank Robert B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

This museum was small but reasonably priced. I loved the old red caboose outside. I love trains and railroad history. This museum is worth a quick visit.

1 Thank Heather M
Frankfort, Kentucky
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Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

I congratulate Madison for their efforts in embracing the unique history of the city. That included the railroad station that was used for their inclined railway. It's between the museum and the Lanier Mansion, so visit all three!

1 Thank Tom L
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

My wife and I visited the museum and the adjacent railroad station. They are both nice, but the museum is a must see!

1 Thank dhendricks43
Nykobing Mors, Denmark
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

Very interesting museum, gives a really good picture of the history of the settlers in the area, and especially about the railroad. The old station building is part of the museum, and an old, original caboose is preserved. Museum has great staff, with a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm, a visit is very recommendable. Museum is within walking distance of... More 

Thank LLC1969
Brownsburg, Indiana
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Reviewed 11 July 2015

We visited the Railroad station Museum after visiting the Lanier Mansion since it is steps away. Since Madison had to design a special train to go up the Madison incline, it was quite a unique bit of information that is housed in the restored station. The stained glass windows above the waiting area make you marvel at the luxury of... More 

1 Thank Lynn S
Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

There is an old train station along the street but no tracks remain. There is also a separate building just behind the station which is a small museum of the history of the area. We visited on a Monday and both buildings were closed. There was a nice young man inside the history museum, and when I told him we... More 

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Reviewed 1 July 2015

Fascinating information on locals - one was a WWI hero! Really enjoyed reading and seeing all the pictures. It was very nicely done! I highly recommend for all history buffs!

Thank Makomutt

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