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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Winter Season

During our first ever Winter Season, please keep an eye on our Facebook and Website as we will announce any weather related closures or trolley ride issues there!

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It's a New Trolley Era

Now Open!

Starting Friday, November 10th, we will be 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 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. Give the gift of summer camp this holiday season!

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Volunteer Open House

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the innovation of our volunteers. Explore our repair shop and archives, learn about trolley operation, and discover why being a PTM volunteer is so much fun!

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Bunny Trolley

Hop on over to the Museum as we bring back one of our favorite events, “Bunny Trolley.” Ride a beautifully restored antique trolley to see the Bunny on March 22, 23, 24, 29, & 30. Ongoing activities include a Scavenger Hunt, Four-Leaf 4-H Club’s live rabbits, and a photo opportunity with the Bunny. This event is sponsored by Sarris Candies.

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Spring 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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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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We are gearing up for our annual visit from the Easter Bunny! He is hopping our way March 22, 23, 24, 29, & 30. While he is here, you can stop by and take a photo while you enjoy the Museum. We will also have a scavenger hunt, trolley rides, and the chance to meet some great animals, including live bunnies, from the Four-Leaf 4H Club! For more information and to purchase advanced tickets, visit our website!
For #BlackHistoryMonth we’re continuing to look back on an often looked period of history. Between 1900 and 1907, African Americans in twenty-five Southern cities organized protests against the segregation laws that were passed in the wake of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Examples of the cities that fought against the laws include Little Rock, New Orleans, Richmond, and Savannah.

Each community organized in its own way - in some areas, Black citizens even tried to build alternative transit lines in protest. But ultimately the efforts to resist and overturn segregation laws were not successful. The reasons varied from city to city. In some cases the movements lost momentum due to issues with leadership; in other instances, additional laws were implemented that actually made it illegal to boycott or picket a “lawful business.”

Some laws went even further, and forbade the “publishing or declaring that a boycott…exists or has existed or is contemplated.” Laws like this are part of why the story of these early anti-segregation efforts are lesser known. However, time and painstaking research by historians has revealed that long before Civil Rights activists boarded buses, the fight for equality was taking place aboard streetcars.  #history #transit #streetcar #trolley
LEAP on over to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and celebrate a day that only happens once every four years! Enjoy and wine and appetizer pairing menu from Atria’s, participate in fun leap day-themed activities, take a ride on a historic streetcar, and enjoy the Museum’s numerous exhibits and displays. Visit our website to purchase tickets!
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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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