Magic of Model Trains is here for the holidays Nov. 20—why you need to catch it while you can


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Trains are fascinating for all ages. Photo via McWane Science Center

Prepare to be amazed and entertained because the Magic of Model Trains rolls into McWane Science Center on Saturday, November 20. The exhibit is only here through the holidays, so here are a few reasons why you should catch it while you can. Ticket available now

Magic of Model Trains is back November 20

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An up close look at trains from McWane Science Center’s exhibit, the Magic of Model Trains. Photo via McWane Science Center

It’s the 16th consecutive year that the Magic of Model Trains has sparked wonder and curiosity in all ages at McWane—and this year is guaranteed to be just as amazing. 

Why should you check it out? I’m glad you asked. Here are the top reasons this extraordinary exhibit will entertain you and the family:

  • It’s created by The Wrecking Crew Model Railroad Club. Founded in 1989 by six model train enthusiasts, the club has continued to gain attention and even won several top awards at the 2018 Southeastern Regional National Model Railroad Association Conference.
  • The exhibit features over a dozen different displays with model trains of every shape and size.
  • Each train track is designed to scale with meticulous detail. You’ll discover a miniature, true-to-life city with everything from covered bridges and downtown storefronts to a drive-in theatre and people waiting for a train. 
  • All trains included in the exhibit really work! In fact, prepare to don that conductor’s hat because you can actually become an engineer and operate some of the trains. 

If you’re seeking awe-inspiring entertainment for the whole family, the Magic of Model Trains is just the ticket. Take the fast track to McWane now!

Magic of Model Trains Event Details

When: Saturday, November 20-January, 2022
Hours: Wednesdays-Fridays, 9AM-5PM | Saturdays, 10AM-5PM | Sundays, Noon-5PM
Price: Included in general admission to McWane.

More Exciting Events at McWane this November

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Project Vaccine—Our Best Defense is McWane’s newest interactive + bilingual exhibit. Photo via McWane Science Center

The Magic of Model Trains isn’t the only thing McWane is offering during the month of November. From a new cutting-edge exhibit to superhero creations and Ghostbusters at the IMAX Theatre, here are five you want to put on your family’s calendar today:

1. Project Vaccine—Our Best Defense

What: McWane’s newest interactive and bilingual exhibit that provides tools and knowledge to help you learn about vaccines and their development, viral transmission and more. 
Now-January 2022 | Wednesdays-Fridays, 9AM-5PM | Saturdays, 10AM-5PM | Sundays, Noon-5PM
Included in general admission to McWane.

2. Eternals in IMAX: Marvel Studios’ Newest Heroes Come to McWane Science Center

What: Marvel Studios’ Eternals has a new team of superheroes—ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Their newest adventure begins when an expected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
When: Thursday, November 4-Thursday, November 18 | Showtimes vary
Price: Adults – $13 | Kids – $12 | Seniors – $12

3. Superhero Science

What: Discover how science can make superpowers real on this special Superhero Science Day. Take part in hands-on super science programming, design your own superhero and use your problem-solving skills during a Superhero Scavenger Hunt.
When: Saturday, November 6 | 10AM-5PM
Price: Included in general admission to McWane.

4. Virtual SciCafe: Chandra Earl, Ph.D. presents Pacific Island Land Snail Biodiversity & Conservation

What: Did you know Pacific Islands land snails (PILS) are among the most easily endangered animals existing today? Join Chandra Earl, Ph.D. in McWane’s Virtual SciCafe to learn conservation efforts taking place to help those PILS that are still alive. More info.
Tuesday, November 16 | Meeting Opens – 6PM, Presentation Begins – 6:30PM
Price: Free
Watch here

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Popcorn is a must before visiting the IMAX Theatre. Photo via McWane Science Center

5. Ghostbusters in IMAX

What: The next chapter of everyone’s favorite ghost hunters is here in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The film follows a single mom and her kids as they arrive in a small town and discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. 
Friday, November 19 | Showtimes vary
Price: Adults – $13 | Kids – $12 | Seniors – $12

Don’t miss the Magic of Model Trains beginning Saturday, November 20, plus all the other cool things taking place at McWane. Stay in the know—visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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