The Milwaukee Road Museum and Archives is operated by the Milwaukee Road Historical Association. Open only on certain Saturdays during the summer, it celebrates and preserves the history of the Milwaukee Road, a major Class One railroad that once ran between Chicago, Milwaukee, the Twin Cities, and the Pacific Northwest. The Milwaukee Road Museum is located on IRM’s historic Main Street adjacent to the Schroeder Mercantile Store. There is no additional entry cost for IRM visitors.
The Milwaukee Road Museum features a variety of artifacts from that railroad. Discover signage from stations and stops across the Midwest and west, artwork depicting the railroad’s famous Hiawatha trains, and items like bells, signals, and uniforms that would have been common sights to the Milwaukee Road’s patrons. Maps and models help tell the story of the railroad’s extensive operations. The Milwaukee Road Historical Association also has a reading and research room located in the same building where those looking to explore the association’s archival holdings can delve into the story of this famous railroad.