Railroad Museum is onboard Joins county library system's family pass program
BY LARRY ALEXANDER, Staff Writer
Visitors can enjoy a free day at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania as the popular Strasburg site has joined Library System of Lancaster County's Family Museum Pass Program.
The pass, which can be checked out at system libraries, allows one adult with a library card and three guests to enjoy free admission to the museum.
"We are happy to participate in this program," said Charlie Fox, director of the Railroad Museum, during a recent announcement at Strasburg-Heisler Library. "It's simply a way for us to give back and try to do our part as part of the greater educational community in Lancaster County."
Funding to bring the Railroad Museum onboard was provided through grants from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, which gave Friends of the Railroad Museum $1,500 and the library system $500. The foundation has been a participant for several years.
"We're very happy to support this project over the past few years, and it's great to see one more museum added to the list," said Dave Koser, the foundation's program associate. "It will be a great opportunity for folks in the community to enjoy the services of a local museum."
Renee Christiansen, the library system's youth services manager and the person who spearheaded the program in 2006, said the museum passes are available at all 17 public libraries and the Bookmobile, giving local residents access to "the rich history and cultural heritage that Lancaster County has to offer."
"The passes permit you entry into the museum, but if there is a special event that's going on, there is a charge for that," Christiansen said. "The idea is to get people into the door and see what exhibits are there, and take advantage of all of the rich educational programs for parents and families."
Since the program began seven years ago, Christiansen said, it has been very popular with library card-holders, with passes constantly in circulation.
With the joining of the Railroad Museum, all three of the county's Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission sites are now part of the Museum Pass Program. The other state-owned sites are Landis Valley Museum and the Ephrata Cloister.
Five other county museums are part of the program as well: North Museum in Lancaster, National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, Hans Herr House Museum in Willow Street and Lancaster Science Factory in Lancaster.