Hours of Operation

April 17 through October 15, 2015
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
October 16, 2015 through March 31, 2016
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Sundays
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter
Hours subject to change - please call 910-763-2634 for latest information.

Support the Museum

Special Notice - Many local businesses are supporting the great work of the Museum as it enters a new era of service.  Click on "a business" below to see who is helping!

Click Here to find out about how you can add your support:

 as an individual/family

 as a business!


Become Part of History



Our Home - Warehouse "B" - Built in 1883




You have an opportunity to honor or remember a member of your family, or to have your business name be prominently displayed on a part of Wilmington history.  The Wilmington Railroad Museum met the exciting challenge of moving all of our artifacts, ranging from a pencil to a 100-ton steam locomotive, into a different building or onto new tracks with minimum disruption for Museum visitors.  As you can imagine, this complicated and expensive process was only the first step in the continuous effort to tell the story of the railroads and the people who worked on them.  You can become a part of Wilmington history and at the same time help us with your gifts. 


 We maintain a "wish list" of projects and improvements that are designed to enhance the visiting experience for the thousands of visitors we see each year.  Please call the Director at 763-2634 to review our needs and find out how you can contribute.

Please make your checks out to ?The Wilmington Railroad Museum Foundation and mail to: Wilmington Railroad Museum, 505 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.  Each gift will be properly acknowledged. 





We preserve and maintain artifacts for the enjoyment of our visitors.  Sometimes there is something that needs work done with outside assistance.  These are some examples of unique items for special attention.


Link-and-Pin Coupler: This was unearthed in the freight yard area and dates from before the 1870s, when the more familiar knuckle couplers were starting to be introduced.  It shows how cars were hooked together, along with hints about the dangers of standing between cars to drop the pin in place.  It's heavily rusted, but clearly shows the pin securing the link within the coupler boot.  Work would include treating the remaining iron to stabilize it agains future deterioration.


Casket Cart: This was used to offload caskets from baggage cars and move them to a funeral home or indoors for pickup.  Work is needed to prevent further deterioration, along with replicas of accessories and restoration painting.


MARS Light: This was a dual light used on diesel locomotives.  An internal mechanism rocked a cradle for the lights so that they swept the tracks ahead with a figure-8 motion.  This motion  provided a broader field of view for the engineer, and for those at crossings or along the tracks, the effect was like a pulse or flash - more attention-getting than a steady light.  Intent is to reactivate the mechanism and install the light in a location where visitors can observe the motion of the light.


If you have any questions about sponsoring one of these very distinctive projects (or others on our "wish list," please call 910-763-2634 for information. 




Model volunteers are welcome throughout the week to expand and refine the features and details of the largest museum-grade HO layout in the southeastern U.S.  Model activities are constituted as part of the Board of Trustees and serve to demonstrate the craftsmanship and technical excellence of this pasttime.   Contact the Museum at 910-763-2634 for more information.


CREATING A NEW MUSEUM: Photos from the "Big Move" in 2007

Arched doorways in progress in new museum


Two hour firewall under construction

Future home of our caboose being made ready

Ticket window to right, loft renovation in background



Wooden floor set for reproduction of ticket office


Office walls and windows added


Drywall and door added to enclose the Museum office

Old 250 Starts Its Move