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  • The National Orphan Train Complex will be closed: Dec. 24-27 (because Christmas falls on Sunday).
  • If you are are planning to attend as part of a large group, please call ahead to book a guided tour, so that we may be better staffed to give you a better museum experience. 

The Museum and Research Center are dedicated to the preservation of the stories and artifacts of those who were part of the Orphan Train Movement from 1854-1929.

The former UP Depot in Concordia houses the Orphan Train Museum at the National Orphan Complex
The Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, Kansas

The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the orphan trains, and the children and agents who rode them. The museum’s collections, exhibitions, programming and research will engage riders, researchers, and the general public and create an awareness of the Orphan Train Movement.

NEW! An expansion of the Brick Courtyard is being planned, near the restored train car exhibit. Bricks may be ordered individually, and BOOK CLUBS will have their own special lane! Click here for the brick order form; please indicate if the order should be included with book clubs.