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Become a patron

The passion and generosity of our Patrons helps us to keep the importance of railways and engineering in the public space. Our stories can inspire the next generation of visionaries, inventors, and engineers. We do hope you will join our community. 

Patrons provide vital funding for the National Railway Museum, telling the stories of the past present and future of Britain’s railways with us, safeguarding the collection for future generations to discover.

A group gathers to get on the footplate
Patrons and supporters enjoying a footplate experience aboard Flying Scotsman at our annual Director’s Dinner

The invaluable philanthropic support we receive from Patrons enables us to capture the imaginations of the 750,000 visitors who come to explore our world-class collection of railway vehicles. Patrons help us tell the stories of the thousands of individuals who have influenced the way we travel globally.

We hope you will join our community. To find out more about being a Patron and how they support the museum please download our brochure.

Our Patrons are a part of our community. As a thank you for their support, Patrons are invited to get to know our buildings, team, collections and exhibitions through an exclusive programme of events, behind-the-scenes tours and visits to places of railway interest.

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