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The Museum and Research Center will close at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 23, 2016 for the dedication of the Broadway Plaza and the Orphan Train statue which will be featured at the plaza. The statue of Miriam Malford Roering Zitur will be unveiled at the same time. Many thanks to the Zitur Family!

The Museum will be OPEN from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fall Fest Sat., Sept. 24, 2016.

  • 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 staffed to give you a better museum experience.
  • If you are planning on visiting the museum please call ahead to confirm the Complex is open, to insure the Curator is onsite and avoid disappointment.

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.