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.

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It's a New Trolley Era

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We are now operating from our new Welcome and Education Center at 1 Electric Way, Washington, PA 15301. Visit us at our new address!

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Summer Scout Workshops

Check out our Girl Scout and Scouts BSA merit badge workshops! These workshops fulfill Scouting requirements, but are also open to non-Scouts of the appropriate age.

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Summer Scout Workshops

Check out our Girl Scout and Scouts BSA merit badge workshops! These workshops fulfill Scouting requirements, but are also open to non-Scouts of the appropriate age.

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Summer Camp 2024

Our STEAM Camps for ages 6 - 12 are designed to ignite the curiosity and creativity of young minds, blending history with hands-on STEAM activities. Sign up today!

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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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This #MuseumMonday we’re sharing some fun facts about the history of the Wexford Trolley Station!

This wooden interurban trolley station was used as a freight and passenger station on the Harmony Route for 23 years - until its relocation to the village of Wexford in 1931. It was then repurposed many times over the next 83 years. It was used as a post office, antique store, craft shop, and deli!

The exhibit inside this restored building includes the details of its relocation to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in 2015 - don’t forget to step inside and explore the Wexford Trolley Station during your next visit! #history #trolley #streetcar #transit #pittsburgh
Today, PTM dedicated the Sen. J. Barry Stout Park at our Welcome & Education Center. 

This park honors the legacy of the late Pennsylvania Senator (46th District) who was a great friend of the Museum and a champion for Washington County. Many Stout family members, friends, and local representatives attended.

Many thanks to the Stout family and our community for making this wonderful park a reality! 

Read more on our blog: https://pa-trolley.org/senator-j-barry-stout-park-dedication/

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#ThrowbackThursday: To transit operations in New Orleans, back in 1905! This particular photo offers a snapshot of two single-truck streetcars on Canal Street - one operating on the Prytania Line, and the other on Annunciation.

This particular image is from @nolahistoryguy’s blog, where he shared some great historical write-ups about early streetcars and of the lines these cars operated on. Here’s what he had to say:

🚋 Single-Truck Streetcars
Streetcar operating companies phased out mule power in the mid-1890s. So, the single-truck streetcars replaced the “bobtails”, as the first electric cars in the city. “Single-truck” means one set of four wheels. The cars were relatively small. Companies like NO&CRR and NOCRR initially purchased Brill streetcars. They switched to Ford, Bacon, and Davis single-trucks in 1894. The car on the left, running on Prytania, is a Brill. The car running on Annunciation is a FB&D. 

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It’s already June (❗️) and that means we’re looking ahead and gearing up for the second half of 2024! Save the dates for our upcoming events so you don’t miss your chance to enjoy these seasonal festivities; they’re the perfect time to make wonderful memories while exploring our historical exhibits and streetcar collection. We’re looking forward to welcoming you aboard during your next visit! #VisitWashingtonPA #museum #transit #trolley #streetcar
Coming up on Friday, June 28, is our second installment of Last Fridays at the Museum! This time we are featuring a string quartet from the @washsymphony, Foxy Fran's food truck, and libations from the @washwinery. The event is 6pm to 8pm and tickets are $10 per person, paid at the Museum on the day of the event. Come on out and enjoy a delightful evening! #VisitWashingtonPA
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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 Education page to learn about field trip opportunities, Scout workshops, summer camps, and more!

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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!

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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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