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Bumper programme of activities planned at National Railway Museum over Easter

The National Railway Museum has unveiled a bumper programme of Easter activities to inspire young people to investigate and learn more about the railways.

The three-week programme will run from Saturday 2 April to Sunday 24 April and will allow families and young people to think like engineers and explore the museum’s extensive collection through object investigation and problem solving.

Every day between 11:00 and 15:00, the museum will host free activities such as ‘Railway Creations’, where visitors will be able to use recyclable materials to create their own railway items, and ‘Mystery Boxes’ where visitors will discover some of the more unusual collection items and learn about their history.

There will also be object hunts and activity sheets on offer, and members of the museum’s Conservation team will be carrying out restoration work and answering questions from the public. The team will be working on the Victorian locomotive Gladstone (Station Hall) and the Dynamometer Car (Great Hall) on 20 and 21 April respectively.

On Saturday 16 April, our ‘Build a Locomotive’ event returns, where visitors can learn how steam engines work before building their own LEGO locomotive to take home. Places for this activity are limited, cost £5 per child and are available to book in advance via the museum website.

Rachael Bevan, Schools and Families Manager at the National Railway Museum, said: “We’ve got a great selection of activities lined up for our visitors over the Easter period at the National Railway Museum. We can’t wait to help people have fun while deepening their understanding of the railways past and present.

“Our Explainers will be on hand at all our activities to answer any questions visitors may have and to help ensure visitors have the best experience they can while with us.”

During February half term, the museum welcomed over 26,000 visitors in just nine days, despite York being battered by stormy weather.

Alongside the Easter activities, visitors can also enjoy the museum’s miniature railway, the Mallard Experience ride, a renovated indoor early years play space, and the outdoor play area.

Excluding ‘Build a Locomotive’, specific activities do not require advance booking and instead will take place as free drop-in sessions throughout the day between 11:00-15:00.

The museum will be open between 10:00-17:00 and visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-book a free admission ticket.

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Josh Chapman, Communication Officer, 01904 929515

Simon Baylis, PR & Press Manager, 01904 686 299

Notes to Editors

About the National Railway Museum

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and prior to the pandemic, attracted more than 750,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals as well as railway uniform, equipment, documents, artwork and photographs
  • The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon
  • Admission to the National Railway Museum is free, although visitors must book in advance, visit:

Part of the Science Museum Group