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!

Santa is coming to the Trolley Museum!

Santa Claus is coming....to the Trolley Museum!  We're decorating our trolleys and grounds for the arrival of old St. Nick and looking forward to welcoming you and your family aboard starting November 28! 

Learn more about Santa on the Trolley.


More upcoming events

Annual Meeting Nov. 8

The annual meeting of the membership of the Shore Line Trolley Museum will take place on Saturday, November 8 in East Haven.  Museum members should look for a mailing via USPS in mid-October for the details.


Challenge Match Update: Tremendous Success!

A generous anonymous donor agreed to match every new dollar raised for Elevating the Collection through the end of September up to $30,000 to help speed the completion of our new flood-proof trolley storage buildings.  Contributions went above and beyond, and the challenge match was an outstanding success! 

Learn more about the Challenge Match!

More news

Hours and Location

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

November Hours

Closed except for private charters while we decorate for Santa!

Santa on the Trolley begins Nov. 28-29-30

More information



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.