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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Museum In Motion

July 27, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

This event showcases some of our collection in motion and many of these cars aren’t normally seen running for the public! A “parade” at 12:30 in the afternoon includes a short narration on each vehicle and is certain to please history buffs, photographers and rail fans young and old. Click here to learn more. 


Ladies Night

Thursday Aug 15, 2019

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


An evening just for the ladies includes Angel Card readings and of course, trolley rides. So grab your girlfriends and come down for a night of fun at the Trolley Museum. Join us for a social hour with complimentary appetizers and wine at our Sprague Visitors Center. Then climb aboard one of our beautifully restored antique trolley cars for sunset rides through the peaceful Farm River Estuary in Branford.

Tickets are limited for this event, cost $10 each and may be purchased at the door or ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE. Please remember to dress appropriately for the predicted weather.

More upcoming events

Party on the Trolley

Come check us out! Our historic “party” trolley car #1602 is 104 years old this year and ready to host your special event. When you book a party, your group gets its very own trolley car for the ride and a uniformed tour guide-trolley operator. There’s room on the trolley for cake, ice cream or other food service and big windows for viewing the beautiful scenery. Included in the price is extra time before and after to set up and clean up, so everything will be just right. Our trolley cars are heated and we can accommodate parties and special events throughout the year. Plan to book at least three weeks in advance, dates fill up fast! Click here to learn more. 

Historical Field Trips for Schools

Looking for a close by educational trip for your classroom or camp? Consider bringing them to the Shore Line Trolley Museum. We are located in East Haven, a mile and a half from I-95. We are a 501(c)3 educational facility. Not only will children get a re-live a time period considered to be the golden age of transportation, they will get an education about how trolley cars were in almost every town in Connecticut and the impact they had in making Connecticut grow from late 1800’s through the end of World War II. Click here to learn more. 

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Hours and Location

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

The Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM-4 PM from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

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Regular museum admission rates:

Adults: $10.00
Seniors (62+): $7.00
Children (ages 2-15): $7.00

Some special events have different ticket prices — for details, please consult the specific event page.

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.

Refund/return policy

Online tickets purchased for specific events may be exchanged at their face value for alternate events. Private event deposits are fully refundable if cancelled prior to 48 hours before the event. Private event deposits can also be exchanged for future events. Membership fees are non-refundable.

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 display buildings and our indoor exhibit room to understand how trolleys played a role in the development of America as we know it today.