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Friar Mountain Model Railroad Museum

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Interesting stop near Sparta

A good size model railroad fills most of the single room in this small museum. An ecclectic display... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2018
Peter C
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
A wonderful place to bring the little ones

The proprietor is amazing he really gets the model railroad and there are some great pieces which... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Josef M
Sparta Township
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240 Demarest Rd, Sparta, NJ 07871-3481
+1 973-579-9833
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

A good size model railroad fills most of the single room in this small museum. An ecclectic display of items from the owner's personal collection fills the surrounding walls. Take a few minutes to talk with the very friendly and informative owner.

1  Thank Peter C
Reviewed 22 January 2018

The proprietor is amazing he really gets the model railroad and there are some great pieces which speak to the history of the area!

1  Thank Josef M
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

The "museum" is not devoted to trains. The Historical significance of the display has to do with local history and is limited to a wall section of the museum. The display is a large "Christmas Tree" layout. The trains simply travel around the display without...More

Thank Walter P
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This little train museums is tucked away in beautiful Sparta and is the perfect place to bring a child who appreciates trains. The owner is enthusiastic and loves to talk about the trains displays that he assembled and is so proud of. The displays were...More

Thank Morgan K
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Interesting set up for some children who would love trains. The owner can be irritating as he chirps at the kids but that is mild. Has a wavy railing he does not want you to touch or lean on. I would suggest he secures it...More

Thank Diplomatok
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Of the model train museums which we've been to (Northlandz, Choo Choo Barn, Medina, America on Wheels, Riverhead, and many model train shows), Mt. Friar is small by comparison, but looks better made. The buildings and mountain look sturdy, and well built. There's a lot...More

Reviewed 27 February 2016

The trains and landscape display are very impressive. Attention to detail and handmade structures are an amazing sight. It was so much fun to see the various elements come to life. Just as impressive is the interest the owner takes in each visitor - engaging...More

1  Thank JimmB30
Reviewed 10 November 2015

This museum is great for children and adults. We met the creator while visiting and he is knowledgeable, a great story teller, and a wonderful host. The exhibit changes for each season and holiday. There is plenty of parking.

Thank WatchDog_9
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Very, very clean. Mr. Lou has seasonal trains in display. It's not expensive and while enjoy the large scale trains and all the scenery he hand made, you can also learn about the history of General Lafayette, the Lenape Indians and more. Definitely a nice...More

Thank caren b
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Went here while driving home from various farm trips and was pleasantly surprised to find this place. Let's start with what is good about this place. You feel prideful when you speak to the owner and what he built. I have two girls, so there...More

1  Thank Michael A
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