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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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Not Much To See-Not a Real Train Museum

Stopped here because of the previous reviews and thought I would see a real train museum. Not to... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
OnTheRoadAgain1056
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Las Vegas, Nevada
A must see if visiting Aiken

The visitors center and train museum is something that everyone should see 1 time. If you are... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
jgrados
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Aiken, South Carolina
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 14:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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406 Park Ave SE, Aiken, SC 29801-4510
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Stopped here because of the previous reviews and thought I would see a real train museum. Not to be. The "museum" consists of 9 dioramas that has a model train running between them. I have stopped at train museums that were real museums and very...More

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

I'm sorry that our museum did not meet your expectations. We are also the City visitors center. Once the caboose and Pullman cars are finished they will be added attractions to our museum.

Reviewed 22 May 2017

The visitors center and train museum is something that everyone should see 1 time. If you are visiting Aiken, you must go to the train museum.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Aiken is steeped in railroad history. It's only fitting that you begin your journey here!

Reviewed 16 May 2017

The train museum, which is upstairs, is so extensive that it's virtually impossible to see all the exhibits in depth. The volunteers downstairs are very helpful and provide lots of very helpful information, including maps and brochures on many places to go and things to...More

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Aiken is a wonderful community!

Reviewed 13 May 2017

On our drive to Aiken, we went through several small towns where the railroad ran right through the middle of town and there were many refurbished home on both sides of the road adjacent to the tracks. It was at this Train Museum we learned...More

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for your detailed review! We couldn't have said it better.

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Greathistory about the train coming to Aiken from Charleston in 1833. Lots oflocal info and brochures available. Staff very helpful.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Glad we could assist you!

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Not what we thought. You just walk around upstairs listening to a very monotone voice giving you a history lesson. On this site it said you could take trolley rides, but non were offered. The most fun we had was on the tree out front.More

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Jenny B, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Hi April, So sorry that it didn't meet your expectations. We do offer trolley tours every Saturday, but I'm sorry you weren't offered one or none was available when you visited. If you would send me an email at JBurghardt@cityofaikensc.gov I would be happy to...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

The train display is very well done for both adults and children. The scavenger hunt was a big hit for small children. The staff welcomes kids and has special coloring sheets and crayons for drawing.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

The scavenger hunt is a lot of fun! It gives children the opportunity to really look at the dioramas.

Reviewed 12 April 2017

Living here in Aiken, we love to bring our guests to the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Guests are always impressed and want to come back to see more of our city. It's also a great place to go for Aiken gifts.

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Jenny B, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Donna, We're glad you keep it on your list of places to go, and a good source for Aiken gifts! Best, Jenny

Reviewed 12 April 2017

Wonderful two hour tour of Aiken. Very interesting and informative. Will definitely visit again soon. Our guide was excellent and told many stories about the history and people who made Aiken the unique place it is. Would recommend this to all of our friends.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Thank you for touring with us!

Reviewed 12 April 2017

WONDERFUL place to visit for ALL ages. I recently took my 2 year old and he and I could have sat and watched the trains ALL day. He really enjoyed seeing it go around and around. I found the museum SO informative and interesting!!!! It...More

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Glad you enjoyed your experience! Please visit us again!

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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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