Tours at the Northwest Railway Museum


There are a variety of guided tour options available at the Northwest Railway Museum! See the tabs below to find a tour option that works for you.

Also, self-guided tours are always available at the Snoqualmie Depot and along the Centennial Trail, where interpretive signs highlight some of the large artifacts in the Museum's collection. Further, there are free activities available from the Bookstore between 10am and 5pm: a History Hunt scavenger hunt for children ages 5 and up and a Treasure Hunt for toddler and pre-school age children.

 

  • This is the premier tour offered at the Northwest Railway Museum. 

    The Tour Package is a docent lead experience that begins at the Snoqualmie Depot. Your docent will give a brief tour of the Depot before you board the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad for a ride to the Train Shed Exhibit Building. Detrain and enjoy a 30 minute tour of the 25,000 sq. ft. building that includes large and small artifacts and several exhibits including the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit. Re-board the train and travel west to the top of Snoqualmie Falls where you will view a large scale construction project, water going over the top of Snoqualmie Falls, and a beautiful view of the valley and river below the Falls. Your docent will stay with you during your trip to the Falls, interpreting the scenery and providing both historic and contemporary context. The Package ends when the train returns to Snoqualmie Depot. The round-trip experience lasts approximately 2 hours.


    2014 Dates and Times:  (please arrive early to purchase tickets)
    Spring: May 3 - July 5:  Saturdays, 1pm*  (*May 10, 24, and June 14: 12pm)
    Summer: July 26 - August 30: Saturdays, 12pm
    Fall: September 6 - October 18: Saturdays, 1pm*  (*October 25: 12pm)

    Black-out dates
    :  Saturdays July 12 & 19. [2014]

    Cost:  Adults $20, Seniors (62+) $18, Children* (2-12) $12, under 2 = no cost   *The Tour Package is not recommended for children under the age of 5.

    Reservations: you may reserve your Tour Package by contacting the bookstore clerk at 425/888-3030 x 7202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please note: payment is required to make a reservation and there are no refunds.

    What is a docent? At the Northwest Railway Museum, a docent is a volunteer who has completed the Docent Training Program. The program focuses on teaching techniques and public speaking, as well as tour content development. Only qualified docents may lead tours or participate in education programs at the Northwest Railway Museum.
  • The Snoqualmie Depot has a rich history waiting to be revealed by a trained tour guide, called a docent. Why are there separate ladies and mens waiting rooms? Why was such a decorative depot built in such a small town? Why did large groups of people travel to Snoqualmie by train as early as 1889? How did the railroad change everything in Snoqualmie Valley and the Pacific Northwest? Learn all this and more as you tour the Snoqualmie Depot.

    Tours of the Snoqualmie Depot are available by reservation Monday thru Friday between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. ***Add a trip to the Train Shed Exhibit Building (see Train Shed Exhibit Building tab) for the same price! ***

    Dates and times: Weekdays, by reservation a minimum of two weeks in advance  (for weekend tour options, see the Tour Package tab)

    Cost:  $10 per person (scholarships available)

    Reservations: you may schedule a Depot Tour by contacting the educator at 425/888-3030 x 7204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Black-out dates:  July 1 – 5, 2014
  • The Train Shed is a 25,000 sq. ft. building that includes collection storage and exhibit space. The building is open weekdays by reservation only. Reservations are available Monday thru Friday between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. ***Add a trip to the Snoqualmie Depot for the same price! ***

    Dates and times: Weekdays, by reservation  (for weekend tour options, see the Tour Package tab)

    Cost:  $10 per person (scholarships available)

    Reservations: you may schedule a Train Shed Tour by contacting the educator at 425/888-3030 x 7204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Black-out dates:  July 1 – 5, 2014, December 23, 2014 – January 2, 2015
  • The Conservation & Restoration Center (CRC) is an 8,200 sq. ft. collection care facility. This is a working shop and as such is only open on a very limited basis. The CRC is open to the public the last Friday of every month, 12pm-12:30pm. Reservations are required and must be made a minimum of one week in advance.

    Dates and times: the last Friday of every month, 12pm-12:30pm. No tours available November or December.

    Cost:  $10 per person

    Reservations: you may schedule a CRC Tour by contacting the educator at 425/888-3030 x 7204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Black-out dates:  November 29, 2013 and December 27, 2013
  • For 6 weeks in 2014, the Northwest Railway Museum will host Puget Sound Energy's Snoqualmie Falls Power Plant Museum tours. 

    Snoqualmie Falls is home to the world’s first underground hydroelectric power station.  What was once sold as the world’s eighth wonder now includes museum exhibits that chronicle its development and operation.  A recent blog post tells part of the story, but you need to experience it for yourself to appreciate how important this acheivement is!  You can be among the first public visitors to this fascinating gallery!  A train excursion and guided tour of the Snoqualmie Falls power plant museum departs from the Snoqualmie Depot Sundays at 12:30 PM, but only through August 31st.  Tickets are $20.00 and include the excursion to North Bend and Snoqualmie Falls.  After viewing the valley below the falls, the train will make a special stop at the Snoqualmie Falls Depot where our special guide Lara will greet you and show you the exhibits in the historic carpenter shop and depot.  After your tour, you will make the short return trip to the Snoqualmie Depot by shuttle.  Please allow approximately 2.5 hours for this unique experience, which is limited to just 15 participants per day.

    There is only a limited opportunity to experience this combined train excursion and historic district museum tour so we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.  There is no premium charged purchasing this ticket early, and there is no convenience fee for using this web site.  Tickets will be available at the Snoqualmie Depot on the day of departure at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start.

    Alternatively, there are a limited number of free tours from the parking lot at Snoqualmie Falls.  A shuttle is operating between the gift shop and the historic district museum on Saturdays, Sundays, Railroad Days Friday August 15 and Labor Day Monday September 1.  Shuttle buses depart at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2:30 PM on Saturday; 10 AM, and 12 PM on Sunday, 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2:30 PM on Friday, August 15 and Monday, September 1.  These free tours are limited to 14 participants.

    2014 Dates and Times:  (please arrive early to purchase tickets)
    Sundays at 12:30 PM, but only through August 31st


    Cost:  Adults $20, Seniors (62+) $18, Children* (2-12) $12, under 2 = no cost   *The PSE Tour is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

    Reservations: We recommend purchasing tickets in advance your PSE Tour by contacting the bookstore clerk at 425/888-3030 x 7202 or clicking above to purchase online. Please note: payment is required to make a reservation and there are no refunds.