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La Cité du Train railway museum

Explore two centuries of rail history at Europe’s largest railway museum—La Cité du Train in Mulhouse, France.

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The world of rail

Relive the great adventure of rail when you visit La Cité du Train, home to a wide range of exhibits and activities:

  • Show Circuit: 27 different types of rolling stock, grouped into six themes, take you back into the past
  • Platforms of History: 64 pieces of rolling stock retrace the timeline of rail in France
  • Railway Panorama: a collection of outdoor exhibits and activities
  • Alsace Mini-Express: a miniature train that tours the great trains of history

 

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Hours and directions

La Cité du Train is located at 2 rue Alfred de Glehn in Mulhouse, in the Alsace region of Eastern France. The museum is open every day of the year except 25 December.

Hours:

  • 10.00-17.00 from 1 January to 31 March
  • 10.00-18.00 from 1 April to 31 October 
  • 10.00-17.00 from 1 November to 31 December

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Admission

  • General admission: €13
  • Discounted admission: €11 (jobseekers, persons with disabilities and a companion, students through age 26, teachers, railway workers and their partners and Soléa Famille ticket holders. Proof of eligibility required
  • Children: €9.50 for ages four through 17. Proof of age required
  • Free: with Museums Pass Musées, Intermusées MMSA card, Pro Tourisme Alsace card (for Alsace tourism professionals), French Culture Ministry card or ICOM card (for museum professionals). Proof of eligibility required
  • Family admission: €39 for four people, including up to two adults

Coming with a group? Contact us 15 days before your visit to arrange a 90-minute guided tour.

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Getting there with SNCF

  • Designed in 1873 for the Paris-Orléans company, this Forquenot locomotive is shown heading up the imperial train of Napoleon III. Cité du Train collection: Show Circuit.

  • 1937: the Pacific 231 Chapelon Nord locomotive sets a new speed limit for steam trains, thanks to components designed by André Chapelon. Cité du Train collection: Platforms of History.

  • Bugatti, the famous automaker, designed and sold the Wagon Rapide—a sleek, streamlined autorail with classic Roaring Twenties style. Cité du Train collection: Platforms of History.

  • 1967: Le Capitole creates a sensation, with distinctive livery, a bold design by Paul Arzens, and record-setting commercial speeds of up to 200 km/h. Cité du Train collection: Platforms of History.

  • 1972: SNCF invents the Turbotrain, powered by a new gas-turbine engine technology that can serve non-electrified lines. Cité du Train collection: Platforms of History.

  • 1981: SNCF begins operating electric TGVs between Paris and Lyon at 260 km/h, kicking off the high-speed revolution. Cité du Train collection: Platforms of History.

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