MUSEUM HOURS:  Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  From May 15 – Sept. 15, the museum is closed on Sundays.  Face coverings are optional when visiting the museum.

MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN:  The museum will be closed for maintenance and in observance of Labor Day from Sunday, August 28th – Monday, September 5th.

RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED:  Reservations are no longer required to visit the Wenham Museum.  However, if you wish to reserve in advance, you may by clicking here.



FEATURES:  21 Trains and 10 Operating Model Layouts

 Model Trains and Railroads 


Train fans of all ages delight in the Bennett E. Merry Train Gallery featuring 10 operating model layouts—in G, O, HO, N, and Z gauges—with 21 trains that operate with the push of a button. Railroad artifacts, memorabilia, large-scale models and antique toy trains are also on display.

Model train and railroad experts are on hand to answer your questions, discuss scenery building and layout construction, and offer advice to railroad hobbyists.


The Transcontinental Railroad 

grenville-dodgeGRENVILLE DODGE

While visiting the Train Gallery, discover the story of Grenville Dodge, a North Shore native who was instrumental in the Transcontinental Railroad. Dodge, born in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1831, began working on railroads at age 14 by building the railroad spur from the Eastern Railroad to the Lander ice houses on Wenham Lake in 1845. After Lincoln was elected at the start of the Civil War, Dodge entered the Union Army at the rank of Major General. He continued building railroads when he wasn’t leading troops in battle. After the Civil War, he was recruited by President Lincoln to lead the construction of the Union Pacific segment of the Transcontinental Railroad. Dodge became the chief engineer and supervised the construction as the railroad project headed west until it met with the Central Pacific Railroad in 1869.

Visiting Model Trains 

Learn more about special visiting model trains that may be at the Wenham Museum soon. Visit Our Activities Page >

Salem News – Wenham Museum Train Video 

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