Get Ready for Family Fun,
Education, and Entertainment!!
The Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads is a non-profit organization [501(c)(3)] born out of a group of highly dedicated model railroaders who wish to display their art and science to the public and provide education regarding the hobby and the history of railroads in the Hampton Roads area and beyond. This will be a charitable and educational organization for the enjoyment and benefit of local residents as well as for tourists who are visiting the area.
The basic idea is to have a central location in the Hampton Roads area where multiple model railroads of all common scales will be built, maintained and displayed by volunteer local model railroaders. Some of the railroads will be available to be run and operated by visitors and some will be for display only. We will invite all local model railroad groups to participate in the project. In addition, the invitation will extend to local high schools and colleges for student groups who may wish to join and build their own railroad(s).
In addition to the model railroad museum displays, we intend to have a library dedicated to railroading, including books, magazines, computers, a video room and at least two clinic rooms where educational lectures can be offered regarding railroad history, along with the art and science of model railroading. Free school tours will be provided every Wednesday.
The education provided will follow the S.T.E.A.M. concept which uses the various disciplines involved in model railroading to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
Lots of other educational benefits include learning about history, industry, how businesses operate, how railroads operate, production and transportation of goods and services along with supply-and-demand economics.
The museum will provide multiple other benefits to the community including, but not limited to, the following:
The plans for this all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) museum have been two years in the making, and have been carefully drafted, completed and approved by the Founding Committee. The Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads is now incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently, we are in the early stages of implementation and are actively seeking a location.
If you have any questions or interest in this project, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 757-816-8399.
All images are depicting samples of other model railroads. The Model Railroad Museum is not yet open. Come back to this site for updates.
As a totally non-profit 501(c)3 organization, we really need the support of the community to make this work. Our largest expense is leasing or purchasing a building large enough to accommodate the Museum. Based on our best financial analysis, if we can raise $250,000 within the next few months, we could be open by the end of this year in time to celebrate the Holidays! Please consider the fun and family entertainment of having a Museum like this in our community, not to mention the educational benefits. With all the difficulties we all face in the world every day, we need fun things to do. We owe it to ourselves to develop these opportunities especially for our children, who will remember these experiences forever.
This page was last updated on May 14, 2023.