Take The Tour/Exhibits
No museum can be fully appreciated through a website. We invite you to come and visit the museum to experience transportation from the era before the Ford Model T for yourself! Come ride the trolley!
During your trolley ride tour, the streetcar will stop at our yard area. Here, in the carhouses, we exhibit trolleys which historically ran on our own line and also those from farther away - even as far as Chicago, Atlanta and New Orleans! Expert Motormen and Tour Guides take you back to when even small cities had mass transit for only a nickel per ride.
A brief guided tour of the carhouse exhibits in our railway yard is included with your admission. You are also welcome to take a more extensive self-guided tour of additional exhibits at your own pace. Motormen, Tour Guides and other volunteers are always happy to answer your questions. Don't forget the camera!
The Shore Line Trolley Museum has as many as 100 different types of trolleys and related mass transit vehicles on the property. We are a working museum and you never know what you'll see running around. It's a treat to pack a lunch and come down for the day as something is bound to pop out of a car barn that will make you wonder, what does that do? Where did it come from? Not to worry! There is always someone around to help you with your questions.
Our exhibits are both living and static. The trolley ride portion of your visit is the living exhibit, touching all senses and transporting visitors physically into another era. In addition to the carhouse exhibits, our shop overlook has been recently reopened, which during select tours allows visitors to see restoration in-progress as our volunteers work to repair and maintain our fleet of historic streetcars. Our museum station building also has a small exhibit room where rotating exhibits feature topics such as local Connecticut trolley history, how trolley cars are restored, and the technology of trolley development.