Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum

315 West Avenue B, Temple, TX 76501 - United States




Make Tracks to Temple! Completed in 1911, the historic Santa Fe Depot houses the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum. The exhibits explore the history of the railroad and topics relating to regional and local history. The Museum also hosts temporary exhibits, educational programs, and special events.


Our newest temporary exhibit, "Spirited: Prohibition in America" opens on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Part of the National Endowment for the Humanities On the Road exhibit program, "Spirited" brings visitors back to this period of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation.

Adapted from the National Constitution Center’s flagship exhibition, "Spirited" explores the history of Prohibition, from the dawn of the temperance movement to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment in 1933. What made the country go “dry” and how did America change during this period in history? Visitors to "Spirited" will learn about the amendment process, the role of liquor in American culture, the cultural revolution of the roaring ’20s, and how liquor laws vary from state to state today.

In celebration of the opening of "Spirited" we will also be hosting our free monthly family day Saturday, April 4, 2020 themed "The Roaring Twenties" from 10am to 1pm. Free family fun for all ages as visitors get to relive some of the popular culture that defined the decade.

In our permanent gallery, we have exhibits covering Temple history, as well as exhibits covering railroad history and it’s national impact not only on Temple, but on the rest of the nation.

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