The Canadian Railway Museum, usually referred to as Exporail, is loaded with exhibits showcasing the history of the railroad both in Canada and internationally. It is owned by the Canadian Railroad Historical Association. The Canadian Railway Museum was founded in 1961 with the mission of purchasing vehicles, artifacts and documents that can be used to trace the progress of Canada's railways. The museum is located near the very first railroad in Canada and has succeeded in preserving the history of Canada's railways. It is one of the largest collections in the world of its kind.
Exporail features both permanent and temporary exhibits that will captivate visitors from every age group. There are guided tours available for those who wish to be shown the highlights of the Canadian railway history. The museum also provides a range of educational activities and conferences to further educate those who wish to learn more about Canada's railways. It is also possible to go on tram and train rides and watch demonstrations of telegraphy and the operation of steam trains. Kids and adults will love watching miniature trains making their way around beautifully detailed model railroads.
There are five main themes to the permanent exhibits, namely: Urban Railways, Serving the Economy, From Atlantic to Pacific, Railway Domination and Challenges of Railway Transportation. Each focuses on a different aspect of Canada's railways, both past and present, to provide a varied presentation of the face of the railroads.
Further entertainment is available in the form of theme days. For example: 2 November 2013 to 17 November 2013 features "Suspect Wanted: The Train Robber". Clues are left in the Grand gallery by Bill Miner, renowned bandit of the early 20th century. Children collect the clues in a notebook then take their findings to the children's craft workshop in exchange for the chance to make their own policeman's badge.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes; There is a family discount available.
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: Closed
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: 110 Rang Saint Pierre, Saint-Constant, QC J5A 1G7, Canada
Phone: (450) 632-2410
Official Website: Canadian Railway MuseumMap of nearby accommodations:
|Bus or Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Bus #130 transferring to 30A, 30B or 35||Starting at Bonaventure Metro Station||1 Minute|
|AMT Commuter Rail - Candiac/St-Constant||Lucien-L'Allier station to Saint-Constant Station||3 MInutes|
How to get to Canadian Railway Museum by Bus or Train
Located south of Montreal in Saint-Constant, Exporail is accessible by commuter train (weekdays only) or by bus.
By Bus: Take Bus #130 from from platform 13 at Bonaventure Metro Station in downtown Montreal to the Georges-Gagné autoparc in Delson. Transfer to any of Bus 30A, 30B or 35 and get off across from the Exporail parking lot.
By Train: On weekdays the Candiac/St-Constant AMT commuter train leaves platform No.2 of Lucien-L'Allier station at 9:35am and makes the return trip at 1:28pm. You can get to Lucien-L'Allier station on Metro Line 1 - Orange.
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Ratedout of 5
Full of trains. I found the horse drawn trans some of the most interesting bit. Lots of context cards for the adults to read while the kids run around..
Tony Jay - 26 days ago
Great place for a family outing. All the staff are super friendly (and everyone we spoke to was bilingual if you struggle to speak french) The kids loved to go in the trains and especially the mini train ride outside. Probably no a place for s full day activity. But can easily spend 2-4 hours there depending how fast you want to walk around.
Michael Gavin - 29 days ago
Nice outing with the kids (4 and 7). Both kids enjoyed exploring the trains that you're allowed to enter. They also really enjoyed the ride on the miniature train! Nice to see the history behind the railway beyond the common knowledge. Was a nice family outing.
Kevin Powell - 1 month ago
Lots of train. Some of them you can go in and see. There is a 100 year old street car running around the museum. There are 4 stops for the outdoor exhibits. Great place for both kids and adults.
YY - 2 months ago
We had a great time visiting the museum. Our kids aged 5 and 7, loved riding the outdoor trains and exploring the trains inside. You can walk into the historical train cars, and read and learn a lot about their history. Everything is very well organized. We will go again.
Jonathan Csakany - 4 months ago