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 on the Trolley: weekends thru Dec. 21!

Santa Claus is coming....to the Trolley Museum!  We've decorating our trolleys and grounds for the arrival of old St. Nick and looking forward to welcoming you and your family aboard on Saturdays and Sundays in December before Christmas!

Learn more about Santa on the Trolley.


Volunteer Open House: January 17, 2015

Ever dream of being a trolley car operator?  Have some free time and want to get involved in preserving living history?  Join us for our Volunteer Open House at the museum, starting at 10:30AM.

Learn more about the Volunteer Open House.

Wondering what we have planned for next year?

Download our 2015 Special Events schedule! (.pdf)

More upcoming events

1850’s horsecar #76 arrives at museum

horsecar square

On December 5th, the Shore Line Trolley Museum took delivery of the one of the most significant street railway vehicles in existence, Eight Avenue Railway horsecar #76, an 1850's John Stephenson product used in New York City.


Learn more about this antique horsecar.

Last Minute Gift Idea: Guest Operator session!

Back again by popular demand is our unique holiday gift idea: give the trolley or subway fan in your life the opportunity to spend some time on our scenic line at the controls their own streetcar or subway!   Limited time offer!

Learn more and purchase Guest Operator certificate.

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Hours and Location

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

December Hours

Santa on the Trolley:

December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
Trolleys depart continuously
No reservations needed!

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.