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About the Museum

Founded in 2008 and celebrating 13 years in 2024, The Transportation Museum is a one-day annual event featuring interactive, engaging exhibits and activities related to transportation, held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visitors of all ages—ranging from youth transit fans and families, to transit professionals and elected officials—enjoy relevant, thought-provoking exhibits hosted by Museum Director Andrew Mancini, alongside youth exhibitors, transit professionals, and regional transit agencies.

What is The Transportation Museum like?

Each year, The Transportation Museum presents 10-12 different exhibits and displays related to some form of transportation or urban planning, covering topics ranging from the legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad and space travel to Mars to an air traffic control-themed escape room and an activity where guests can build their own transit village out of LEGO bricks. Over the years, the museum has expanded to include various types of transportation and time periods in history. Museum admission is always free of charge. The museum in 2024 will be the 13th Annual Transportation Museum.

Who is the museum designed for?

Attendance at the 12th Annual Transportation Museum included visitors from across the San Francisco Bay Area. Because of its unique combination of educational exhibits and hands-on activities, the museum is designed for visitors of all ages, including families with children, local teachers, transit professionals, elected officials, and retirees from the transit world. Each exhibit is designed to engage visitors with a range of prior knowledge. In other words, you don't have to be a transit fanatic to explore the exhibits and discover new insights in the world of transportation!

How did The Transportation Museum begin?

At the age of five, Museum Director Andrew Mancini had such a passion for transportation that he founded The Transportation Museum as a way to share his excitement and passion for transportation with others. In the years since, the museum has acquired an extensive collection of transportation memorabilia and artifacts, attracted hundreds of visitors, featured countless exhibits, and expanded to include various guest exhibitors.


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When is the 13th Annual Transportation Museum coming?

We appreciate your patience as the museum plans for all-new exhibits and activities designed to engage the community. As of now, an exact date for the next museum, although plans are in the works for early 2024The event may occur on Stanford's campus instead of a local venue in San Carlos. For more information, read this update from Museum Director Andrew Mancini, and check for updates coming soon. In the meantime, if you're still looking to discover more about The Transportation Museum and its history, check out:

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Looking for other fun activities to do in the Bay Area, when the museum isn't open?

The Transportation Museum has compiled a list of other exciting things to do in the Bay Area, ranging from other local transit museums to a library with hidden art installations, parks that offer family camping, and more. To view the activities, organized by region, click here >

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