trains over texas

All aboard! One of Houston’s longtime holiday traditions returns to the Houston Museum of Natural Science this week through the new year.

The exhibit, called “Trains of Texas,” opens Friday, Nov. 20, and runs through Jan. 3 at the museum, 5555 Hermann Park Drive. It’s the largest indoor O-scale model railroad in Texas taking up the space of a tennis court, and one of the biggest displays of its kind in the country.


If you haven’t been to Trains Over Texas in previous years, you’re in for quite the treat.

The annual display is an extremely intricate model of the Lone Star State and features a number of Texas’ most iconic landmarks along the way, including oil country salt domes, and some national monuments, like Enchanted Rock.

“Create holiday memories by traveling across Texas by model railroad in this scratch-built O-scale model. The multiple trains crisscrossing the state will visit important and unique places in the state’s geology and physiography. Destinations include oil country salt domes, prairies and wetlands of the Texas coast and state and national monuments such as Enchanted Rock, Pedernales Falls, The Balcones Escarpment and Big Bend National Park. Along the routes to these geologic wonders, the trains will also pass through Galveston, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio with other surprises along the route,” the museum says on its website.

Admission to the exhibit, which is as big as a full-sized tennis court, is $25 for adults and $16 for children and seniors. Want to get tickets on the cheap? Make sure you check out our guide on how to score Houston Museum of Natural Science discount tickets and coupons.

Because of COVID-19, all tickets, which also give access to other current exhibits at the museum, are for timed entry with capacity restrictions in place. The museum is also requiring for all visitors over the age of 10 years old to wear masks throughout the entire museum