Virtual Tour

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Orphan Train Museum
Virtual Tour

The 1917 Union Pacific Depot has been completely restored and is now the National Orphan Train Museum. It contains exhibits on the children and adults involved in the history of the Orphan Train Movement.

Morgan-Dowell Research Center

The Morgan-Dowell Research Center holds the archives of the National Orphan Train Complex.

The foyer houses two original stained glass art pieced created by local artist Robin Isaacson.  They were donated by Robin and John Isaacson and Bobby and Wanda Morgan, in memory of Darrell Dowell.


The Wright-Peck Research Room features a small library of books related to information on the Orphan Trains, New York City, genealogical research, and more.  This room can be used to perform research on a particular Orphan Train Rider or as a meeting space.

The gift shop has a variety of books on the Orphan Trains, NOTC and OTHSA items, and local artist Ines Dejmal products.  For a complete list of books and items for sale, visit the Virtual Store.






The Research Center holds the archives for the complex, including over 10,000 files on individual Orphan Train Riders.  These files hold stories, photos, and documents pertaining to the Orphan Train era.  The Anna Laura Hill photograph and document collection and the American Female Guardian Society records (which ran the Home for the Friendless and Five Points House of Industry) are also available for research here.

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