The Texas Transportation Museum (TTM) is a transport museum located near San Antonio, Texas, USA.
It was founded in 1964 to help preserve artifacts and details on the history of transport in San Antonio. TTM retains as much of its inventory as possible, including many railroad vehicles of its own history, the Longhorn and the Western Railroad.
A Brief History
The museum was initially housed at the Pearl Brewing Company in downtown San Antonio and used the Texas Transportation Company tracks. In 1967, the museum was given the use of approximately forty acres (16 hectares) of what was then known as the Northeast Preserve, now McAllister Park, just north of San Antonio International Airport on Wetmore Road. TTM maintains artifacts on the L&W as well as many model train models and other vintage automobiles. TTM offers an educational and entertaining experience that interprets how advances in transport technology have influenced and continue to influence daily life. Around 2002 and 2006, TTM reported a 55% rise in attendance, from 8.370 to 13.013 individuals a year.
The museum holds three big activities annually, Easter Egg Hunting in April for Easter, “Spook-Track-Ula” in October for Halloween, and “Santa’s Railroad Wonderland” in December for Christmas. For group groups, different areas, including custom remodeled caboose, space inside the Zucht Display Building, picnic tables and a large outdoor pavilion can be reserved. TTM is a registered 501(c) charity organization.
The Texas Transportation Museum continues to build on a long tradition of growth and development. We have ambitious plans for the future that will enhance the experience of visitors and make the museum one of the state’s leading transport museums. They intend to bring their small antique steam locomotive back into service, extend the tracks a mile and, finally, build a brand new two-story show building, complete with classrooms that will house our vast collections and provide them with a better opportunity to demonstrate the amazing contributions that transport inventions have made to everyone’s lives.
It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to be cheap, but they’re determined to sustain their incredible level of growth and create a facility that makes an even greater contribution to the community.
San Antonio, Texas showcases these must-see museums you shouldn’t miss:
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- Spanish Governor’s Palace
- Edward Steves Homestead
These amazing museums are located just down the street from our location at 20770 U.S. Hwy 281 N #107. Stop by for a visit anytime!