Model Railroad Show slated for Nov. 27-29 at Science Museum of Va.

11/12/2020, 6 p.m.
The Science Museum of Virginia is hosting its 43rd Annual Model Railroad Show Friday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Nov. 29, ...
Mr. Conti

The Science Museum of Virginia is hosting its 43rd Annual Model Railroad Show Friday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Nov. 29, featuring six different train displays of scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities.

The displays were created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia.

“The Model Railroad Show is a nearly half century Virginia holiday tradition,” said Richard Conti, the museum’s chief won- der officer. “It was important to us to keep the tradition going, but to do so in the safest manner possible. Every change we’ve made to this year’s event is designed to help manage guest flow to create a safe and enjoyable event for families to create lasting memories.”

The Model Railroad Show is free with museum admission. Museum members and children age 2 and under are admitted free.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, attendees must purchase tickets in advance for timed entry to the museum. Timed entry tickets to the Model Railroad Show, which is being held in the Dewey Gottwald Center, will be issued for 30 minutes intervals.

A limited number of tickets are available for each time slot.

No walk-up tickets will be sold.

Entry times will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the last ticket time slot at 3:45 p.m. Museum members will be allowed earlier entry from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

All visitors age 5 and older are required to wear masks.

While at the museum, located at 2500 W. Broad St., visitors can enjoy the free planetarium shows offered in the Dome at 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Seating for the planetarium shows is limited to 50 people per show on a first-come, first- served basis.

Visitors also can help with a collaborative railroad scene and make a conductor hat in The Forge.

Steam engine demonstrations will be presented by museum educators around the building, and there will be a display of historical Broad Street Station items from the museum’s collection.

Visitors also can explore the museum’s exhibits “Speed,” “Boost!” and “Giant Insects.”

Museum admission is $15.50 for adults, $13.50 for youths and seniors and $10 for pre-schoolers. Discounts are available for military, teachers and EBT cardholders.

Details and ticket purchase: smv.org or (804) 864-1400.