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The Transportation Museum
San Carlos, California

Andrew Mancini, Director

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Exhibits Archive

The Transportation Museum has been delighting visitors since 2008, and there have been tons of cool exhibits and games since then. Take a look at our past exhibits and see which one is your favorite! Every month, our Spotlight Exhibit will rotate, and you'll get a chance to learn even more about some of these exciting exhibits!

11th Annual Transportation Museum,

October 14, 2018


Music That Makes Us Move

Listen to 10 transit-themed songs, from Arlo Guthrie's City of New Orleans to the country hit Convoy. You can also read about the artists' sources of inspiration for the songs.

Guess the Artifact

We've dove deep into the museum's collection to find the most unusual artifacts. Can you guess what they are?

Better Commute Ahead: Solving Bay Area Traffic

Survey Bay Area commuters and residents, and one issue that everyone can agree on is traffic. You'll explore a variety of different solutions, from expanding "slug carpooling" to implementing more first-mile, last-mile transit connections.

Vroom! Vroom! Intelligent Cars and Roads

Learn the technology behind autonomous cars while programming your own miniature robot through the city of San Francisco. You're in charge of making sure the robot slows down, speeds up, and turns at the right intersection!

Getting to Grandma's:
Traveling the Peninsula, 1700s-Today

Discover how travel on the Peninsula has evolved over the past 300 years, from the Ohlone Indians' use of tule boats to horse-drawn stagecoach rides during the 1850s and the redevelopment of El Camino following World War II. What will travel along the Peninsula be like in the future?

Bus Driver Simulation

A long-standing tradition at The Transportation Museum, visitors can drive a bus through a bus driver simulator.

Flight Simulation (by Brandon D.)

Student pilot Brandon D. offers visitors the once-in-a-lifetime experience of flying, starting from any airport, on his airplane simulator! As you pilot the plane, Brandon describes what it's like being in the cockpit.

Amtrak Escape Room 

Amtrak needs your help! They've just received word that the southbound Coast Starlight is arriving in 10 minutes, but the switch on the track is set to derail the train. You'll need to search through the ticket office to uncover clues, unlock suitcases, and deduce the 5-letter combination to turn the switch before disaster strikes in the Amtrak Escape Room!

Transit Agency and Local Organization Booths

Representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority and Capitol Corridor train were at the museum to answer visitor questions and pass out informative brochures. Also, visitors viewed a portable model railroad display from a local organization and learned about SamTrans and the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Toll Toss

Similar to how drivers would once throw coins into machines to pay the toll, visitors can toss coins into replica toll buckets, with the goal of totaling 66¢.

10th Annual Transportation Museum,

October 15, 2017


Transit Detectives

Use your detective skills to match 10 transit collectibles with the city that they came from!

Reaching California

Get a glimpse of what life was like on the trail going to California. You'll get to make the same life-or-death decisions that the pioneers did: Do you pack more clothing or more food? What draft animal should you take? Will you take the shortcut to save time?

Drivers Test

Test your driving skills by playing a simulator game and answering driving test questions. When you've passed, get your own Transportation Museum Driver's License!


You've probably heard a lot about ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft. But do you know how they work? And how they compare to taxis? After going through the exhibit, you can vote on which company you'll use next!

The Loneliest Road in America

In July 1986, Life Magazine described Highway 50 through Nevada as "The Loneliest Road in America." But is this description accurate? What's there to do along the way? A Highway 50 trip will be compared to a Disneyland vacation, and you get to vote for which one you'd prefer to take!

Transportation Mutation Station

Use a fun software program to make transit images come alive—you'll be able to animate a train, bus, or something similar, add emotions, and even record your own sound and make the object talk!

Transit Targets

Based on a fun carnival game, you get fifteen pennies to score as many points as possible by throwing pennies into targets!

Roll Your Ride

Learn how transportation choices affect climate change while playing a fun carnival game.
Up, Up, and Away!

Learn how hot air balloons work before building your own LEGO Helium Balloon and watching it float up toward the sky!

The Great Transportation Trivia Game

Test your knowledge of transportation in this game show, where participants who answer correctly receive a cool prize

9th Annual Transportation Museum,

September 25, 2016


From Frisbees to Flashlights

Look through a suitcase to find 10 different transportation-related items that the museum has collected.

Space: 66 Years and Counting

Learn about the history of space travel and exploration, from what astronauts eat to imagining the future of NASA

Lights, Camera, Action: Transit in Movies

View famous scenes from transportation-themed movies and television shows like Duel and Unstoppable

Balloon Helicopter

Play with a fun toy to create a balloon helicopter that soars high through the sky


Learn about the past, present, and future of transportation between San Francisco and Los Angeles

Aeronautics and Flight Simulation (by Brandon D.)

After learning about planes, control an airplane with a realistic flight simulator led by student pilot Brandon D.

Bus Driver Training Zone

Drive your own remote-controlled bus through an obstacle course and then drive a bus in a fantastic computer game!

Model Railroad (by Alex C.)

Watch the railroad, complete with steam out its engine, speed through a model village
Float Your Boat

Learn about buoyancy and water displacement and then create your own boat out of LEGOs that can float

The Glades Runner Airboat Experience

Step aboard an airboat in the Florida Everglades and go speeding through some rough territory!

8th Annual Transportation Museum,

September 13, 2015


Around the World with Trip Planning

Learn about all elements of traveling and planning trips, from a comparison of VRBO and Airbnb to learning about travel agents

Submarine Dive

Add a special ingredient to a toy submarine and then watch it submerge and then rise to the top!

Transportation Hall of Fame

Look through "cityscapes" from cities across the country and view a toy bus donated from that area's transit agency

Transportation Collectibles

Explore some of the many artifacts that have been collected by the Transportation Museum

Flight Simulation (by Brandon D.)

Brandon D. is a 12-year-old who flies actual airplanes, and he's here to share tips with you on flying an airplane simulator!

Transit Simulation

Play the fun computer game Bus Driver, which has been a hit with guests for years

Create Your Own Airline

Brainstorm key elements of your airline and then use Boeing's technology to design the look of your airplane
The Mail Must Go Through!

Learn interesting and unknown facts about the Pony Express, which was the West's mail system for 18 months

The Future of Transportation (by Ethan C.)

Hear another transportation fan discuss the future of transportation while observing the LEGO creations he has built

Robotic Railroad

Control a LEGO Robot to pick up and move cargo in as short a time as possible

Slot Car Racing at the Bruins 500

A classic element of many Transportation Museums, have fun racing Slot Cars on a track at the Brittan Acres Bruins 500!

Zoom Ziplines!

Build your own zipline seat and harness and then watch it fly down the 30-foot track
Soarin' over the Transportation Museum

While guests marvel at the scenery of New Zealand, they'll also receive some unexpected gifts, like water and wind, similar to the ride at the Disneyland Resort, Soarin' over California

7th Annual Transportation Museum,

August 3, 2014


Outside Entryway

Sign our outdoor guest book by writing your name and a message on the front windows of the Mancini Family house

(More exhibits and information coming soon.)

In the meantime, if you'd like to learn about 2012-2014 exhibits, click here.