Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum is the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world. The museum’s amazing collection includes vehicles from almost all the streetcar systems in the U.S. and many from around the world.
There’s something romantic about trolley cars. Once upon a time, their signature clang and clatter could be heard in most major cities across the globe. Now, they’ve become unique symbols of a time mostly passed, their classic chassis replaced by mass transit buses.
Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum allows you to step back in time to this bygone era with a mind-blowing collection of more than 260 transit vehicles. Their exhibit barns contain beautifully restored, historic streetcars from around the world.
The museum collection includes more than streetcars, however. You’ll also see interurbans, rapid transit cars, buses, trackless trolleys, work equipment, and even freight equipment from days gone by. The international collection contains vehicles from Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, England, Scotland, Hungary, and Italy. They even have an example of the kind of bus that began the trend of replacing trolleys.
Visitors to the Seashore Trolley Museum can choose to follow a guided group or explore the grounds on their own. You can even bring your dog! The large, grassy museum campus allows for easy strolling with lots of exhibits to enter and antique vehicles to inspect.
Wander through the collection chronologically to follow the evolution of public transportation. You’ll marvel at the workmanship of these classic vehicles. You can also observe the careful the restoration process of a streetcar in the restoration shop.
Best of all, the Seashore Trolley Museum offers daily rides in a variety of antique streetcars on their 1.5 mile private demonstration railroad. Rides occur every 45 minutes from 10:05 am until 4:15 pm. Ride as many times as you want!
Seashore Trolley Museum
195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
The Seashore Trolley Museum is open May through October 10am to 5pm. The schedule is daily from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, weekends only in early May and late October. The museum is also open the first two weekends, Friday through Sunday, in December. First two weekends (Fri-Sat-Be sure to visit trolleymuseum.org for tickets and more information.
Seashore Trolley Museum Lodging
There’s a lot to see and do in the Kennebunkport area but you’re going to want somewhere to call your home base to rest in between. Our Kennebunkport B&B, The Captain Jefferds Inn, offers 16 rooms and, like the Seaport Trolley museum, is quite pet-friendly! Our daily three-course breakfasts will give you the energy you need each day to continue your explorations. So don’t hesitate – book your stay at The Captain Jefferds Inn today!