History That Connects Us

A day at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museums is a full sensory experience, from the ring of the bell to the hum and shake of the trolley as it rides down the tracks. Our Museum brings a unique experience to visitors of all generations, connecting us all to the past. From the moment they arrive, our visitors enter a world of timeless memories, historic innovations, and interactive discoveries.

Education

Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2023 registration is now open! Campers will investigate electricity, build giant LEGO® towers, design a robot-powered horsecar, shrink a trolley down to pocket size, and much, much more! Give the gift of a summer camp experience this holiday season.

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Exhibit

Preview of New Interactive Exhibits

Our trolley simulator is gone for a makeover before we move it to our new home, but we have some fun exhibits for you to test out. Stop by the Museum to try out an exclusive preview of two of our new exhibits that will be housed in our new building when construction is complete.

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Program

Trolleyology Zoom Series

Check out all of the recordings from our previous Trolleyology programs and sign up to join us for the next one. We host these virtual presentations regularly on a variety of transit topics.

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Operate

New Operator Training

Seeking trolley operators! Join us February 25 and 26 to learn how to operate a streetcar.

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Since the PA Trolley Museum is closed for the winter, we thought we'd use this #MuseumMonday to highlight another local museum worth visiting: @phippsconservatory!

You might be surprised that a transit museum recommends visiting a botanical garden. In addition to Phipps being an absolutely beautiful place to visit, February happens to be the last chance to see their annual Garden Railroad! This year, Phipps has created beautiful miniature recreations of several U.S. National Parks, with trains and trolleys running throughout the display. It’s a delightful experience and a perfect indoor activity to enjoy as we wait for warmer spring weather! #familyfun #museum #pittsburgh #thingstodo
#BehindTheScenes: Watch your step! Pictured here is the interior of one of the streetcars in our restoration shop. Can you guess which car you’re standing inside? (It was recently featured in another restoration update!) #museum #streetcar #trolley #restoration #transit
From Triple Crown winners like War Admiral, Secretariat, and American Pharaoh, to popular culture references like Mister Ed, The Lone Ranger's Silver, and Angus to historical horses like Washington's Nelson, Purple Heart winner Reckless, and Grant's Cincinnati, horses throughout time have left a lasting impact. 

During 2022, the PTM worked with Lowry's Western Shop and Prime Collision Center to acquire and restore our very own impactful steed. Alas, the time has come to give this foal a name and who better to ask for help than our followers? Submit your suggestion for a name in the comments and we will narrow it down to a few choices before we vote on the final name!

There are a few rules we must abide by:
1. No names that are suggestive or have vulgar or obscene, meaning; no names that are considered in poor taste.
2. No names that may be offensive to religious, political, or ethnic groups; no names that appear to be designed to harass, humiliate, or disparage a specific individual, group, or entity. 
3. We reserve the right to deny any submissions that are deemed inappropriate or outside of the PTM's purview.
Since the PA Trolley Museum is closed for the winter, we thought we'd use this #MuseumMonday to highlight another local museum worth visiting: @pghkids!

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh aims to create experiences that inspire kindness, joy, creativity, and curiosity. Their hands-on exhibits all create a delightful visit for museum goers of all ages. Plus, a ticket to the main Children's Museum also grants visitors admission to their MuseumLab - a place where kids 10+ can have cutting-edge experiences in art, tech and making. We're sure that you and your family will have a blast when you spend your day with this sister museum! #museum #pittsburgh #familyfun

Education

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum provides unique, exciting, and fun educational opportunities for students, educators, and life-long learners! Our museum is dedicated to sharing stories, insight, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) themed opportunities and experiences that will bring the trolley era to life. Check out our field trip opportunities, Scout workshops, summer camps, and more!

History

Take a ride into the past at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum where the trolley era is alive and well. The Museum uses daily tours, interactive exhibits, multidimensional programming, and special events throughout the year to transport visitors back in time. Our history and STEAM exhibits tell the stories of the people, places, and things that made the trolley era such an exciting and unique time to be alive!

Collection

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is focused on preserving and restoring our collection of antique streetcars. The Museum was founded in 1953 and has continued to conserve, preserve, and restore cars through a mostly volunteer effort. Today, we house a collection of 50 streetcars, many of which are operational and used for daily rides. Visit our Collection page to learn more about all of our different trolleys!

A Collection of Nearly 50 Cars and Counting

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