A holiday season favorite has returned to Science Museum Oklahoma for 2018: tours of the museum’s 1929 Pullman parlor car.
“Tours of our train car have become a holiday tradition for many of our guests. Because the interior of the parlor car is normally closed to the public in order to ensure its preservation, the chance to join a guided tour and learn about the experience of traveling in the early 20th century is special,” said Clint Stone, vice president for programs at Science Museum Oklahoma.
The museum’s Pullman parlor car was built for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and was donated to the then Kirkpatrick Center, now Science Museum Oklahoma, in 1982.
The interior of the historic car was refurbished to reflect its original grandeur and features brass, chrome and mahogany woodwork that was cleaned, polished and repaired. Aging upholstery, drapes and carpet were replaced with fabrics fitting the time period and the car’s original decor.
“The Pullman is an artifact that you can walk through – our guides will not only be walking you through a parlor car, they’re really walking you through history,” Stone added.
Tours are available during regular museum hours through Jan. 1 and are included with general admission. No reservations or additional tickets are required.
The Pullman parlor car is located on the first floor of the museum near Tiny Tracks, an exhibit that features railway artifacts and an M.G. Pinky Martin model train that weaves through 1,000 square feet of town, countryside and Oklahoma City landmarks.
Located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City, Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and is open with regular hours on New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day. Daily general admission is $15.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children and seniors (ages 3 to 12 and 65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $105.