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“Great depot with train cars, a fire engine, graffiti, and more”

Huntsville Depot Museum
Ranked #22 of 79 things to do in Huntsville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: During the Civil War, this depot was a prison for captured Confederates and a hospital for the wounded.
Reviewed March 17, 2013

If i remember correctly, admission was $8. You are given the option of a guided tour or to go off on your own. I opted for the tour. First, i watched a brief film on the history of Huntsville and the depot itself. Then an informative guide showed me through the depot. There is one section with wax figures that actually come alive and talk about the daily operations of the depot. The downstairs consists of the men's lobby, the ladies lobby, the ticket office and a small gift area. The second floor has many items on exhibit plus a large model of what the depot and surrounding areas looked like around 1860. The third floor is mostly the preserved graffiti written on the walls from the civil war era and the late 1800's. Outside there are train cars and a locomotive to explore. Behind that, there is a building that is set up to resemble an old gas station. There is a vintage fire engine inside and a few old cars. This is a great little excursion if you are in huntsville.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

From the train outside to the miniature on display, you can see and experience trains here. There is the trappings of a "real" train station form the ticket office to the waiting room. You can expect to see the old time passengers coming through the door in their hoop skirts to sit down and wait for the old trains.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Unfortunately, like so many other things in Huntsville, this museum is closed in January and February. I wish we had known before trying to visit. It is close to the visitor's information center though so if you're there in other months it looks like it's worth a visit.

2  Thank grammysondra
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Due to the time of the year it was closed but because of the location and the open fencing i got a good view of most of the outside exhibits. I'll certain go back when it is open.

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Reviewed August 4, 2012

The tour guide makes the visit. He is very well informed and interesting, in spite of his exaggerated Southrun accent. The visit will be over in 10 minutes without the guide but well over an hour with and much more informative. I also discreetly asked other staff if a gratuity was expected and the answer was no, plus he completely disengaged after the tour, not hanging about as if expecting.

2  Thank Jim O
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