Model-Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads: Frequently Asked Questions

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Where are you located?

We have several options for a specific location and will decide within the next six months. We are doing surveys to help us determine the best area. Stay tuned for more information on this.

How can we find out more information? 

Send us an email at

Or call us at 757-904-9390

Or sign up for the newsletter in the right column on this page.

How do I sign up to receive updates?

Fill out the form in the right column of this page to receive regular updates from the MRMHR newsletter called Making Tracks.

Do I have to be a model railroader to volunteer?

No. We will need a variety of volunteers with different skills all the way from carpentry, electricity, and plumbing to cleaning, sweeping and selling tickets in the lobby. See the page on Volunteering.

Is this organization affiliated with the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)?

No. We are not owned or managed or involved with the NMRA in any way. You do not have to be a member of the NMRA to join, volunteer or operate in the MRMHR. We have nothing against the NMRA. We are just not connected with them in any way. You may join with us whether you are a member of the NMRA or not.

Are all donations tax deductible?

Yes, we have been approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt charitable organization and any donations that you provide are tax deductible when you report your income taxes.

How many layouts will be shown in this museum?

8-10 once they are all built. It may take a while, but the public can watch while they are being built and even volunteer to help in the process if they wish.

Who plans, designs and builds the layouts?

We have multiple dedicated model railroaders and groups of model railroaders in the area who have the expertise and the willingness to engage in this project.

Can I become a volunteer for the Museum?

Yes, we'd love to have the extra help!

Send us an email at


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