years. COUNTLESS stories.
The 12th Annual Transportation Museum, held in San Carlos, CA,
brought together over 300 visitors to explore unique and relevant exhibits
and participate in exciting transit-themed activities.
Explore the stories from this year's museum below.
By the Numbers
Number of visitors who explored interactive, educational exhibits at the museum
Number of transit-themed exhibits and activities, ranging from the Transcontinental Railroad to transit villages in the Bay Area
Number of student exhibitors who presented captivating displays, including a realistic flight simulator (guided by a student pilot) and an analysis of innovative solutions to Bay Area traffic
Estimated number of LEGOs which guests used to build a mock-up of a local transit village
Number of California High-Speed Rail stickers passed out by a high-speed rail representative at the museum
Number of minutes guests had to solve the
air traffic control-themed escape room to prevent an arriving plane from crash landing
Fastest time recorded by a visitor navigating a remote-controlled SamTrans bus through an obstacle course
Year that The Transportation Museum was created, inside the home of Museum Director Andrew Mancini, at the age of 5
From the Transcontinental Railroad to the world's most extreme airports.
Discover the stories from the exhibits at the museum.
Scroll through the gallery to explore the exhibits. To learn more about an exhibit and how it was created, click the exhibit's picture.
Other exhibits and activities included...
Transit Virtual Reality
Travel on 4 trains around the world, in 360-degree VR
Remote-Controlled SamTrans Bus
Navigate through a San Mateo County obstacle course, complete with a remote-controlled SamTrans bus
(on loan from SamTrans)
Transit Photo Booth
Snap a photo of yourself inside some of the most famous transit scenes from movies
Simulate Amtrak and Greyhound's intense competition in this Extreme Connect 4 challenge
Transit Agency Booths
Discuss the future of transit at outreach booths from the Metropolitan Transit Commission, the CA High-Speed Rail Authority, and SamTrans
Bus Driver Simulator
Get ready to test your driving skills on the museum's fast and fun bus driving simulator!
The excitement. The fun. The creativity. The spark of knowledge.
Browse photos that capture the museum's spirit.
Scroll through the gallery below to browse the photos. Click an image to see it larger, and to download and share it.
The Transportation Museum has transformed itself over the years.
Check out plans for next year's museum, the 13th annual.
Previous visitors have asked about the status of the 2021 museum, and the museum is making plans (and backup plans!) to ensure the next event can continue as soon as possible, while recognizing the current health situation.
At the current time, the museum is planning for a virtual event in late spring 2021.
Since October 2020, the museum has been conducting research on the feasibility of hosting online exhibits and activities. Your patience is appreciated as these plans are created — Andrew is currently exploring innovative approaches to transform the museum's signature hands-on activities into the digital space.
Updates on the date, location, and logistics of the 13th Annual Transportation Museum in 2021 will be posted on this website. If you would prefer to be notified directly, via email, of any updates, fill out this contact form and leave your email so that the museum can contact you.
And, if you're interested in continuing to learn about transit before the next museum, check out our online exhibits.
Until then, the world of transportation will be waiting for you to explore it!