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Address: Junction of Ontario Highway No. 4 and No. 8 | Box 488, Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0, Canada
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Interesting stop

We stopped on our way through Clinton on a local Sunday drive. The museum was not open but you could look in the cars and see the schoolroom. Very interesting.

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Peterborough, Ontario
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Peterborough, Ontario
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped on our way through Clinton on a local Sunday drive. The museum was not open but you could look in the cars and see the schoolroom. Very interesting.

Thank Hedgren
Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is the actual railcar that was used in Northern Ontario to bring a teacher to the wilderness many years ago. The complete story, including how the abandoned car was found, transported to Clinton and restored. Fascinating. Excellent guide. Admission by donation.

Thank NewhavenOntario
London, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 6 August 2016

The School on Wheels Railcar Museum is an interesting little museum located in Clinton, Ontario. It is amazing how the Sloman family lived and taught children in Northern Ontario. It was nice that the family shared their pictures and their stories during they time on the railway car.

Thank Josie S
Saint Thomas, Canada
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

I had clipped this activity out of a newspaper ad ages ago and with the Victoria Day holiday upon us, I decided to take the kids on a road trip. We were the first visitors of 2016 and got the royal treatment! Our guide was so knowledgeable and, being a retired teacher, she was excellent at engaging my children and... More 

Thank Amy L
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354 reviews
250 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

The School on Wheels tells the story of the Sloman Family, who lived in this car and travelled via rail to remote areas of the wilderness bringing education to all. What a neat glimpse back in time to see what life must have been like riding the rails in this school car. A favourite place of mine to visit and... More 

Thank AmyLynn1980
Bayfield, Canada
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 30 November 2015

I was surprised at how much information was crammed in this compact museum! I visited this summer with my young sons and we were all thrilled to discover what life was like living on this small railcar at the turn of the century. My boys enjoyed playing with the retro games and antique toys!

Thank erin593
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

I was very pleasantly surprised and even moved by the visit to this modest looking museum. I visited with my mother who loved seeing many familiar objects from her childhood and a fellow teacher with whom I marvelled at the incredible story of dedication and innovation the teachers on these train car schools demonstrated in the days when the railway... More 

1 Thank Alexandra P
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

This is a most unusual historic site being an old railway car that once thundered the rails of Northern Ontario bring the kernel of education to so many who would otherwise have missed the educational opportunity. Absolutely worth the visit especially if you consider how easy it has become--by comparison--to obtain an education in Ontario to-day. Great displays and friendly... More 

3 Thank NamutKwu
Hensall ON
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

the School House on Wheels in Clinton is a wonderful trip down memory lane and a useful way to show young children how different life was in the last century. Imagine the teacher, his wife and 5 children all living on the railcar during the school year. you have to see Mrs Slomans Closet! there are tables nearby for a... More 

2 Thank hensalltravelers
East of the Rockies
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Fascinating to see how the teacher & family lived, how kids 'in the bush' managed to get their education. A DVD is shown and is available for sale. Kids can see and (respectfully) touch, no cordoned off displays here.

1 Thank snakatac

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