A National Historic District – The oldest continuously running suburban trolley line in the USA. Come and enjoy a living, breathing experience riding historic, restored trolleys through scenic surroundings!
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Tuesdays: Children’s Reading Program

Tuesdays in July and August, join the Shore Line Trolley Museum for the children's reading program at 11:00AM.  Your visit will include a round trip trolley ride, sightseeing along the line, and reading time with one of the museum's volunteer educators.  Perfect for ages 4-8.  Parent chaperone required.

Learn more about the Children's Reading Program.

Special Events all season long!

Wondering what we have planned for 2015? Thinking of seeing a super hero or shoreline wildlife, operating a trolley or climbing on a fire engine? Check out our printable 2015 Special Events List and plan your calendar accordingly!

Download our 2015 Special Events schedule! (.pdf)

More upcoming events

PATH Car 745, 9/11 survivor, now on exhibit

On August 6th, the Shore Line Trolley Museum received PATH car 745, which survived the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center unharmed in the subway tunnel below.  The car was welcomed in East Haven by local dignitaries, Police, Fire, and bagpipe escort, and several hundred members of the public.  745 is now on display and can be seen during our regularly offered trolley tours.

Learn more about the car's arrival and display.

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Hours and Location

The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512 USA
Map and directions

August Hours:

Open daily: 10:00am-4:30pm
More information about your visit


Regular museum admission rates:

Adults: $10.00
Seniors (62+): $8.00
Children ages 2-15: $6.00
Learn about our group & other discounts

Your ticket includes all-day access to the museum, including unlimited rides on the historic trolley line, tours of the trolley display buildings, and access to our indoor museum exhibit room.

Book a charter, birthday party, photo shoot, or other group event with us!

Your Visit

  • Enjoy a three mile leisurely round trip onboard a restored historic trolley car through the scenic Branford salt marshes near Long Island Sound.
  • Learn about the history of trolley development and trolleys in Connecticut and beyond from our expert trolley operators/tour guides.
  • Tour our trolley storage buildings and our indoor exhibit room to understand how trolleys played a role in the development of America as we know it today.