The B&O Railroad Museum is excited to welcome you to THE POLAR EXPRESS! We want you and your family to have the best experience, so please read the following event information before your showtime.

Please check your tickets carefully to ensure you have the correct time and date.  Doors will open at the time indicated on your tickets.  Early entry is not available.

The B&O Railroad Museum offers free, secure parking. For THE POLAR EXPRESS™ event, please park in the B&O Parking lot located at 1100 James St. Baltimore MDCLICK HERE for Directions & Parking. If this lot is full then you will be directed to additional parking at 901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD.  Please DO NOT DROP OFF members of your party. It is best to park your vehicle(s) with your entire party and enter the Polar Express event at B&O Railroad Museum North Car Shop with your entire family or group. In addition to there being ample handicap parking spots, the B&O Railroad Museum is ADA compliant and handicap accessible.

The B&O Railroad Museum requires masks indoors for visitors and staff in compliance with Baltimore City guidelines. Children ages three and under are not required to wear a mask.

Get festive! Dress your family or group in holiday pajamas and wear them to Polar Express for a chance to win a B&O Family Membership (a total of four [4] memberships will be given away from November 19-December 12, 2021) . Snap a photo of your family or group enjoying your Polar Express experience, post it to Instagram or Facebook using hashtag #PjsAtPex to enter the photo contest. 

Professional photos will also be available for purchase once you reach your final destination, the “North Pole.” No purchase is necessary, but 5×7 prints will be available at a cost of $12 for the first print and $6 for any additional prints. Digital images by email will also be available for anyone wanting to make their own prints or holiday cards. For more information contact Joe Ellis Photography by emailing You may take your own photos, too, but please be respectful of others so everyone has a chance to capture a special POLAR EXPRESS™ memory.


Event is RAIN or SHINE. In the event of inclement weather, please refer to B&O Railroad Museum’s main web page Please remember to dress yourself and your family appropriately. 

There will be a food truck stationed near the entrance to the museum for your snacking pleasure.  In addition, our café will be open throughout the event.  Please note that outside food may not be brought into the museum.

For a list of ingredients in the cookies and hot chocolate that are in your take home gift bag please click here.

Strollers are not recommended for this event however, the B&O Railroad Museum has designated stroller parking upon your entrance into the event. Please note there is no room for strollers on the train.

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  • Everyone must present a ticket for entrance into this event.  We strongly suggest you check for availability and purchase tickets in advance of arriving at the museum.  The museum is closed to the general public when The Polar Express is live.
  • Obey all signs. The B&O Railroad Museum is an historic site that contains railroad tracks and uneven surfaces. No running, jumping or climbing on equipment. Stay alert for moving trains.
  • Please remember this is a family event. 
  • For everyone’s safety, bags may be searched at any time.
  • While we love your pets, please leave them home during this event.


Please call 410-752-2490 or email

Please note: effective August 9, 2021, the B&O requires masks indoors for visitors and staff in compliance with Baltimore City guidelines.

Thank you for helping us keep our visitors, staff, and volunteers safe. Learn more about our health & safety guidelines.

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Holiday Festival of Trains

Dec. 6 – Jan. 2

Photos with Santa Paws

Dec. 14, 5-7 PM

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 17-19, 8:15-10 AM

Reindeer Railway: Evening Trains & Holiday Lights

Dec. 17, 19, 21, 26, & 28, 6-8 PM

Patrese T.
June 2021

I love that the museum is what remains of the old train yard and the number and variety of train cars is remarkable.

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