The Museum is open daily.

Museum now accessible via public transit

Starting in 2019, the Illinois Railway Museum will be accessible to public transit users through the McHenry County’s Dial-A-Ride program, MCRide. This service will offer transportation between the Metra stations in Woodstock and Crystal Lake and the museum in Union. MCRide added the museum as a destination option starting in 2019.

Visitors interested in utilizing this service will need to arrange in advance for MCRide to pick them up at a specific time. Riders can go to the MCRide website or call 815-334-4960 to arrange for transportation between the Woodstock or Crystal Lake railway stations and the museum. The service is available Monday-Friday 6am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm with no service on holidays. IRM is closed until April but, after that point, Metra and MCRide will provide visitors with a way of getting to the museum from Chicago and the suburbs without a car. More information can be found here.