The Minnesota Streetcar Museum collects, restores, and exhibits electric streetcars that operated in Minnesota. The collection includes streetcars from Minneapolis and St. Paul, Duluth, Winona, Moorhead, and the Iron Range. The Museum holds the largest collection of Minnesota streetcars anywhere.
The Museum maintains an extensive collection of books, photographs, and reference documents relating to the history of electric railways in Minnesota. It includes the definitive collection on the Twin City Rapid Transit Company. The collection is available to members of the community through educational outreach and interpretative programs.
The Museum preserves and commemorates the history of electrically powered public transit in Minnesota through community related educational and interpretive programs and exhibits.
The Minnesota Streetcar Museum operates two separate demonstration railways that operate from May through November.
The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, operates on a mile of former Twin City Rapid Transit Company right-of-way between Lakes Harriet and Calhoun.
The Excelsior Streetcar Line operates in the City of Excelsior on one-half mile of track on the former Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway right-of-way through the south side of Excelsior.
The motormen and conductors (men and women) who operate the streetcars are all volunteers. Volunteers are active in restoring and maintaining the streetcars, buildings, grounds, overhead wire, and track. There are additional volunteer opportunities to help in the Museum station, to assist with Museum publicity, and to become involved with outreach programs in the community and area schools. Volunteer support is also welcome with other administrative, financial, and fundraising functions.
You are invited to participate in the work of bringing the mission of The Minnesota Streetcar Museum to life. You can have the thrill of helping rejuvenate an historic streetcar in the restoration shops at both Lake Harriet and Excelsior, operate a streetcar at both sites, swing a spike mau,l or help with the myriad tasks that keep us "on track" and running smoothly. There are many projects that you can do at home if you cannot come to our two sites regularly. Of course you can always support the Museum with your financial gifts, both large and small, and follow our progress through the Museum's publications.
Financial support comes from many sources that have donated generously to acquire, house, and restore the priceless collection of Minnesota streetcars.
Membership is accompanied by benefits: