If you’re in Mérida (Mexico) and looking for something a little off the beaten track, somewhere where you won’t run in to dozens of tourists, guidebook in hand, then do I have a treat for you: the Merida train museum is a great way to entertain your kids, or even a group of adults, for a few hours.
Put aside any preconceived notions you may have of a railway museum and go with an open mind, I honestly don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Although, if you’re after an actual museum with rules and signs and barriers to stop you touching stuff then the Mérida train museum might not be for you. What you get here is a big open field full of old trains you can explore and play on to your heart’s content. It doesn’t matter that some of the chairs are broken or that there’s glass on the train floor because there is so much to touch and so much to see.
Mérida Train Museum Details
The facebook site says it’s open Friday – Sun but the sign on the gate claims it’s open every day of the week. I’m not sure which is correct as we randomly went on a Friday. It is open 10am – 2pm.
Address Calle 43, just by calle 48 (it’s about a 15 minute walk from Paseo de Montejo)
Entrance cost: $10 pesos per child and $20 pesos per adult.
There are toilets on site but nothing else. Snacks and water can be bought across the road in the small ‘tienda’ (shop) there.
Accessibility – because it’s in a big field it could be hard for wheelchair users. Grass is kept short though. Access to the trains would be pretty much impossible as all of them require visitors to climb up steps or ladders.
What To Expect At The Mérida Train Museum
Honestly, it’s a bunch of trains in a field. I’m sure serious train spotters could tell you what’s there but just like my car is red, this is a field of trains! We saw some that were made of wood, some that were clearly diesel, some that will have been steam. We clambered over and through engines and carriages and had a whale of a time. Some of the trains have been refurbished while others have been left to go to ruin, all are interesting in their own way. One has been made in to a tiny museum.
Mérida Train Museum Highlights
For our kids, the highlight (on each of their three visits) the carriages with a toilet in the middle of them!
Watching the kids climb over the trains and really enjoy themselves in a way they would never be able to in a European museum – they got completely involved in the trains and explored every nook and cranny without fear of being yelled at by guards.
If you’ve enjoyed this article and are on the look out for more fun things to do in Mérida then let me suggest you try the Cementario General. I have information on this excursion in my article on free activities for kids in Mérida.