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Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

406 Park Ave SE, Aiken, SC 29801-4510
+1 803-293-7846
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Aiken Trolley Tour!

Whether you are new to Aiken to just here for a visit, stop by this place and check out the museum... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2018
JuliaTheItinerant
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Aiken, South Carolina
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Wonderful tour!

Fantastic & great tour guide! I highly recommend it if you visit Aiken. I had never been to this... read more

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Reviewed 19 January 2018
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The Visitors Center, located on the first floor of the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot, can assist you with any questions you may have, contains maps and brochures of the area, a calendar of events and more. The Train Museum, located on the second floor, has nine dioramas that depict the towns, as they were in 1916, along the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company right of way. This railroad became the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the US and the longest railroad in the world. These dioramas are done in the familiar HO scale and are complimented by interactive displays depicting railroad history. The Aiken Trolley Tour also departs from this location every Saturday at 10 am. Private trolley tours for groups of 15 or more may be available upon request.
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406 Park Ave SE, Aiken, SC 29801-4510
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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

Whether you are new to Aiken to just here for a visit, stop by this place and check out the museum and sign up for a Trolley Tour! They put so much into this 2.5 hour tour! We learned about the history of Aiken, stopped...More

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2018

Thank you for your review! Glad you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed January 19, 2018

Fantastic & great tour guide! I highly recommend it if you visit Aiken. I had never been to this town and the tour gave a lot of history of the city.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

The trolley tour is a great way to learn about Aiken's history. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed January 19, 2018

Friwndly, inexpensive and 5C a most interesting RR exhibit upstairs, a diorama of surrounding towns and their railroad histories.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Aiken wouldn't be here if it hadn't been for the railroad. Thank you!

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Reviewed January 18, 2018

You must come see this place it has an awesome train layout and so much history. Staff is so friendly. I recommend the tour, lived here since I was 6 and learned a lot.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

It took between 10 and 15 years of research to ensure the accuracy of the museum. Thank you!

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Reviewed January 16, 2018

Your visit here won't take very long, less than an hour. But it is well worth the stop. Kids will chase the model train as it passes from diorama to diorama, one for each of the towns along the path of the railroad. Older kids...More

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2018

Thank you for your review!

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

What an entertaining and enjoyable experience. Our guide, Judith, kept us engaged throughout the tour of Aiken, with delightful stories of Aiken as it became what it is today. Don't miss this!!

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2017

Thank you for your review! Glad you enjoyed the tour.

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Reviewed November 29, 2017

We enjoyed the museum with its very detailed HO scale railroad dioramas. The exhibit is very informative regarding the railroad history of the area. The restored train station, housing the museum, is very impressive. This would be a nice quick stop for families with young...More

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2017

It took years of research to ensure that the dioramas were as detailed and accurate as possible. Thank you.

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Reviewed November 8, 2017

I took our (3) Granddaughters to Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. The lady at the desk was extremely friendly and helpful. Gave us a list with items on it and said there was a scavenger hunt upstairs. We went up stairs and you had...More

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2017

Glad your granddaughters had a great time!

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Reviewed October 19, 2017

I was welcomed and treated very well by a very knowledgeable volunteer. Nice museum with some terrific history and info.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2017

Glad we could be of assistance!

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Reviewed October 7, 2017

My visit was an eye opener, especially to see the importance the train system played in the commerce with the Northeastern seaboard. The details provided were amazing, fun and educational. I'll be sure to visit again with my children and grandchildren. I loved this place!

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2017

The railroad is a big part of Aiken's history.

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Go to visitaikensc website and do slash calendar/event/aiken_historic_tour for information about buying tickets for the tour.
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Museum is free, but they will gladly accept any donation and there is a gift shop.
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