About Us

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 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 instill a sense of pride for Riders and Descendants; engage historians and researchers, heritage visitors, and the general public; and further promote understanding of this nationally significant chapter of cultural and social history. (Updated 2/23/2021)

Hours and Admission

Regular Hours

  • Tuesday – Friday: 10am – Noon, 1pm – 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Monday: By appointment, made four days in advance
  • Next Holiday Closure: July 4th, 2024 in celebration of Independence Day

For temporary and weather related closures, please visit our Facebook page.


  • Adults: $8
  • Military: $7
  • College Students and Children (ages 7-18): $4
  • Children 6 and Under: FREE
  • Group Rate (over 10 people)
    • Adults: $7
    • Students/Children: $3

If you have a group of 10 or more, please call ahead so we can accommodate your group.

If you would like to meet privately with the curator please arrange an appointment at least one week prior to your visit.


While there is no comprehensive list of orphan train riders, we do have a database of approximately 7,000 orphan train riders. If you are interested in searching our database or looking for research help, visit our research page.

Orphan Train Statues

For the current list of statue locations click here.