Exhibits

Traveling Exhibit: All Aboard the Orphan Train!

Our traveling exhibit gives viewers a general overview of the orphan train movement and a few stories of orphan train riders. Interested in hosting “All Aboard the Orphan Train”? Please see bottom of page for more details. The 2025 Season is now fully booked, but if you would like to be on our 2025 Cancelation List or our 2026 Waitlist, email our curator at curator@orphantraindepot.org.


National Orphan Train Complex: On-Site Exhibits

1917 Union Pacific Depot

The historic depot is divided into 4 rooms: the freight room, the men’s waiting room, the station master’s office, and the women’s waiting room. Each of these rooms holds exhibits that tell the story of the orphan train movement

The freight room is where the story begins, with exhibits about immigration, labor, and poverty in nineteenth century America, as well as exhibits about Charles Loring Brace, the founder of the orphan train movement. Also on display are some original records from the American Female Guardian Society, an orphanage and orphan train placement agency.

The men’s waiting room contains information about the Children’s Aid Society (CAS), some prominent agents that worked for the CAS, and some of the children that were placed by them.

The station master’s office hold exhibits about the founding and history of the National Orphan Train Complex, as well as some small toys for our younger visitors.

The women’s waiting room is home to exhibits about the New York Foundling Hospital and children who were placed out by them.

The Jones Education Station

The Jones Education Station is the permanent home for the Legend Train Car, which guests can walk through. The building also contains exhibits about orphan train riders John Jacobus and Mabel Jones.


Host our “All Aboard the Orphan Train” traveling exhibit!

What you need to know:

Display and size: The exhibit consists of 4 panels, each measuring 78.7 in. tall and 33.5 in. wide. Text and images are printed on the front and back of each display panel.

Packing: The exhibit panels each collapse down into a small carrying case, and all the materials are shipped in one large container.

Standard loan period: 6 weeks

Rental fee: $300 for 6 weeks, half due as an initial deposit at the time of booking, and the other half due upon exhibit arrival at the borrowing institution

Shipping and handling: the borrower will pay shipping and handling one direction (usually departing from the borrower) via UPS or FedEx

Space requirement: We recommend at least 15ft x 15 ft space, but as the panels are free standing, other dimensions will work

Other requirements: Exhibit must only be displayed indoors. Condition reports will be completed at time of unpacking and before departure.

Booking for 2025 Season starts mid-June 2024.

To reserve, contact our curator at curator@orphantraindepot.org or (785)243-4471.