Your Visit to Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Regular 2019 Visitation Schedule

April – May Saturday, Sunday: 10AM – 4PM (last tour 3PM) (closed on Easter, open on Memorial Day)
June – August….Tuesday-Sunday 10AM – 4PM (last tour 3PM)
MUSEUM IS CLOSED ON MONDAYS EXCEPT: Memorial Day, Labor Day and August 12 (Washington County Fair)
September – November 24 museum is open Saturdays and  Sundays, 10AM – 4PM (last tour 3PM)
Regular Admission Rates* (some events have higher rates)
Adults $ 10 – Seniors (62+) $ 9 – Children (3-15) $ 7   Children 2 & under are free on Regular operating days.
2019 Special Events – Event Day Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
*denotes events with higher rates
Bunny Trolley – April 12, 13, 14 & 19, 20
* Daniel Tiger’s Weekend – May 10, 11, 12 & May 17, 18, 19
Anything On Wheels – June 22 & 23
—–Enjoy a Truck Show on Saturday and Car Show on Sunday along with many other fun activities!
Scout Merit Badge Workshops – June 8, July 6, November 2 (all Saturdays)
Washington County Fair – August 11 – 17
* Dinosaur Train – September 28 – 29
* Pumpkin Patch Trolley – October 12 – 13, October 19 – 20, October 26 – 27
* Santa Trolley – November 29, 30, December 1, December 7 – 8, December 14 – 15
Trolleys and Toy Trains – December 6, December 13. NOTE: Hours 10-4
See the Lionel® Toy Train layout, ride a trolley and take the tour.


Your Admission Includes:

• Scenic Trolley Rides
• Guided Tour (tours begin on the hour, every hour, except during special events)
• Exhibits and Video Presentations
• Museum Store • Picnic area • Free parking
Visit during one of our special events described below!
• Schedule your next birthday, anniversary, field trip, reunion, company picnic, corporate meeting or photo session with us.
• Treat yourself or a loved one to “Operator for an Hour.” Makes a great gift!
• Call to schedule your group and find out about special rates–724-228-9256.

Extended “Behind the Scenes” Trolley Display Building Tour

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30PM (Please arrive by 1:15PM to make the 1:30PM ride!)

Available April–November Not offered during special events.
Reservations are required for our “Behind the Scenes Tours.” These reservations must be made 1 week in advance of your visit, please call our Visitor Services Manager at 724-228-9256 ext 303 for more information. Not all dates will be available.

  • Adults $14
  • Seniors (+62) $14
  • Children (3-15) $9
    • Not recommended for children under 15 years of age.

Visitors Boarding Car 66


Tour Time Table:

Visitors are offered both a tour and a ride on two of the Museum’s beautifully restored trolleys. As a demonstration trolley line, slight delays may occur.

Tour: 10:15AM

  • Ride: 11:00AM

Tour: 11:30

  • Ride: 12:15 AM

Tour: 12:45PM

  • Ride:1:30PM

Tour: 2:00PM

  • Ride: 2:45PM

Tour: 3:15PM

  • Ride: 4:00PM

*Please note; If you are planning to attend the last tour of the day, please arrive around 2:45PM to enjoy our Pictorial Displays, Simulator and Gift Shop in our Visitor and Education Center. This area of the museum will close at 4:00PM. Thank you.

Climb aboard for a ride into the past!

When you arrive look for the glass doors under the awning and head to the Visitor Education Center to purchase your admission tickets. From the ticket counter, you’ll be directed to the theater room where you will view a 12 minute video introduction to the Trolley Era and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Next, you’ll meet your motorman/tour guide at the ticket counter to begin your ride into the past.

Special note for your visit:

To prepare for your visit, be advised the tour and the ride require walking, as well as step climbing in order to board our historic cars. For maximum comfort during your visit PTM recommends you wear substantial shoes. The steps on and off of these cars can be tall. For assistance in climbing aboard, please feel free to ask your motorman/guide for portable steps and assistance.
PTM has a car that has been modified to accommodate wheel chairs, as well as a separate wheel chair lift.   Please provide with 24 hours advanced notice of your planned visit, in order to give our volunteers time to prepare to receive you.

Trolley RideCar 4398 interior

Board the trolley at Richfol, an authentic waiting shelter preserved after serving the Washington interurban trolley line, origin of the original museum trackage.  Originally the Richfol stop was located in Canonsburg across from Sarris Candy Company.  After life as a streetcar stop Richfol was moved to a farm near the museum where it was a school bus stop.  It was brought to PTM in 1982 and restored to be the main boarding point for the trolley ride.  The station is at the center of the ride, so be sure to ride in both directions.  Be sure to look for and learn about the museum’s other preserved shelter buildings. 

Experience a bygone era on the 4-mile scenic round trip ride aboard one of the museum’s restored streetcars. Enjoy the clang of the bell and the clatter of the heavy steel wheels over the rails as you feel the power of the electric motors move the car along the track. An experience first enjoyed by Americans in the 1880s.  Your ticket is good for unlimited rides so take your time and perhaps you will have a chance to take a ride on a different trolley.

Trolleys through Time:

Along the way, you’ll stop at the Trolley Display Building for a 15 minute look at the development of streetcars through the Trolley Era (1890-1950). Learn what makes a streetcar a trolley, find out about city cars, suburban cars and interurbans and see cars from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio as your tour guide familiarizes you with changes to the cars through the years.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
*On Saturdays & Sundays at 12:45 PM enjoy a special extended tour of the Trolley Display Building. Additional costs apply. Please call (724-228-9256) to reserve your space in the group.  On the tour you will see a behind the scenes look at trolleys from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. This tour is not recommended for  children under 15, and is not available during the Bunny Trolley, Daniel Tiger, Dinosaur Train, Pumpkin Patch or Santa Trolley Events.

Visitor Education Center & Restoration Shop Tour:

Finish your tour where you started: at the Visitor Education Center. In air-conditioned comfort you’ll find a pictorial exhibit of street railways and how they related to everyday life during the Trolley Era. You will also find interactive items for children, including Play Trolley 225 (for kids 2 to 5 get it?), the Chuggington train set and much more. If you missed the introduction video, return here to view it. Be sure to stop by the Museum Store, where a variety of rail-related gifts and souvenirs of your visit can be purchased.
While in the store, ask about a tour of the Restoration Shop (adjacent to the VEC). Here you will see how volunteer craftsmen rebuild, restore and maintain our vintage trolley fleet.