About the Museum

Founded in 2008 and celebrating 13 years in 2022, The Transportation Museum is a one-day annual event featuring interactive and educational exhibits related to all kinds of transportation. Each of the exhibits and activities are created by now 18-year-old Andrew Mancini and displayed at Brittan Acres Elementary School in San Carlos. More than 300 visitors of all ages attend the museum annually, captivated by the relevant, thought-provoking exhibits and the exciting, hands-on activities at the museum.

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What is The Transportation Museum like?

Each year, the Multi-Use Room of Brittan Acres Elementary School is converted into a museum with 10-12 different exhibits and displays, covering topics 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 Summer 2021 will be the 13th Annual Transportation Museum.

Who is the museum designed for?

Attendance at the 12th Annual Transportation Museum in 2019 included over 300 visitors who came from across the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the museum. 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, as you'll see in the gallery to the right. Numerous teachers from local elementary, middle, and high schools have attended the museum to explore the exhibits and discover new insights in the world of transportation. All guests —  transit fanatics or not — are welcome at the museum!

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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 from Andrew's house to a local school.

 

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When is the 13th Annual Transportation Museum coming?

We appreciate your patience as the museum adapts to the current health situation and local guidelines. As of now, an exact date has not yet been set, although plans are in the works for an event in Fall 2022. The 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 >