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SoNo Switch Tower Museum

77 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854-3086
+1 203-246-6958
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Switch Gears and take a Detour to this Fun Museum

A little gem of a museum in an original switching tower. Very knowledgeable Volunteers explain the... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2015
Brenda R
Phoenix, AZ
really interesting thing to do visit in SoNo

great for some railroad culture. how has it worked for more than 100 years. it is free, it worth... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2015
Gabriel C
Norwalk, Connecticut
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77 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854-3086
+1 203-246-6958
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

A little gem of a museum in an original switching tower. Very knowledgeable Volunteers explain the beautifully maintained old mechanical switches and you get to participate. Lots of memorabilia to see and some to purchase. By donation. Great for kids and railroad lovers.

2  Thank Brenda R
Reviewed 1 September 2015

great for some railroad culture. how has it worked for more than 100 years. it is free, it worth 2usd per person donation. it only opens during summer time.

4  Thank Gabriel C
Reviewed 18 August 2015

It has outside stairs, a long flight, but very interesting and very great with kids who see the train within a yard from the upper windows and they can move the levers and ring the alarm bell. You will have fun but only on weekends...More

3  Thank Roy H
Reviewed 7 August 2015

A very quick tour but worth the few minutes if you can spare it. Probably doesn't take longer than 20 minutes but everyone we take here loves it. It's very interesting to see how far the trains have come along with modern technology.

4  Thank D V
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Small, well done museum showing the way trains were managed before computers! Manual switching station and an up close look at how trains were routed. Excellent docents and exhibits. Off the beaten path but worth finding.

3  Thank Donna N
Reviewed 15 June 2015

We were early for the Sheffield Island ferry ride and found this little museum quite by accident. We've been to number of Railroad museums but this was the first to a switch house. The volunteers there who explained it all were very informative. A nice...More

3  Thank maxdraft
Reviewed 25 February 2015

This small but informative museum shows just how our railways worked and work today! Next to historic SoNo you can grab lunch and then visit.

3  Thank Donna N
Reviewed 28 October 2014

2 great guys show you around the museum and explain the history of the place. No entrance fee but they appreciate any donations for the upkeep of the museum. Well worth a visit.

4  Thank oldfieldpark
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Seeing and experiencing are two different things, but here you do both. We were shocked ONE person performed all three major tasks and could switch fourteen switches MANUALLY in just five minutes; I could barely do one in that time! Eat your Wheaties and wear...More

7  Thank KaTe2
Reviewed 17 October 2013

The SoNo Switch Tower Museum restoration has saved this important part of our country's industrial heritage, and is a fascinating look-back to the Country's transportation and communications before jetliners and computers. The Tower is easy to miss, tucked into a tiny plot adjacent to the...More

5  Thank Bob H
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