Seashore Trolley Museum is Open!

Seashore Trolley Museum is open to the general public and is following Maine’s Plan to Restart the Economy, and the Guided Outdoor Activities, Museums, and Retail Businesses provisions. We will be offering the following activities to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey residents and other out-of-state guests following Maine State protocols for testing and quarantining stated, in the most recent Executive Order from the Governor of Maine. Come join in the fun!

Trolley Rides on our Heritage Railroad. Ding ding! Join us on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for trolley rides on our private heritage electric railroad at 10:10AM, 10:50AM, 11:35AM, 12:20PM, 1:05PM, 1:50PM, 2:35PM, 3:20PM, and 4:05PM. Guests are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online to ensure the time desired is available, and to help us with crowd control. Regular admission rates will apply: Adults ages 17-59 $12; Seniors 60+ $10; Youth ages 6-16 $9.50; Children 3-5 $5, and children two and under are free. Guests may take a second trolley ride if they successfully followed our COVID-19 policies on the first ride, and if other guests are not waiting to board. Purchase tickets for Trolley Rides on our Heritage Railroad HERE.

Docent-Guided Tours. The perfect add-on to a trolley ride! Maine families and friend groups of up to 10 may reserve a 2-hour behind-the-scenes guided tour with one of our energetic and knowledgeable docents! Our docent will customize your tour experience to meet the interests of your group. Docents will follow the Maine COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for Guided Outdoor Activities. In order to follow state-mandated criteria for limiting group sizes, we are charging a flat fee of $50 for your group of up to 10 (and no other groups will be mixed with yours—your docent-guided tour is just for you and your group to enjoy together!)  Your ticket also includes one free, signed copy of “Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride” by Jean Flahive. In June, Docent-Guided Tours will be offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Purchase tickets for Docent-Guided Tours HERE.

All guests in your group should be from the same household, unless you can comply with current standards for physical distancing on campus, maintaining a distance of 6 feet between individuals to the degree possible. Measures have been put in place (tape, dividers, etc.) to help you maintain physical distancing while you’re visiting us, but it’s up to group members to follow them.

All guests should wear face coverings when indoors and while boarding/exiting/moving around on the trolley ride, or when unable to maintain physical distancing between other groups and our volunteers and staff. Face coverings that become wet must be replaced with dry face coverings. We ask all guests to bring their own face coverings, but if you forget, we will have a limited supply of disposable face coverings available. Due to the enclosed and intimate nature of our trolley rides, if you or a member/s of your group are not able to wear a face covering due to a health condition, we ask that you do not purchase a trolley ride at this time, or that those members do not participate on the trolley ride.

Tickets should be purchased in advance when possible, and within two (2) hours of an event/activity offering. This will help us best control the amount of people on campus at one time, and ensures your group’s spot on a trolley at the desired time.

Ticketholders can receive refunds up to one (1) day before the event start date. Following this timeline, tickets will be nonrefundable.

** During Phase 2, the Museum is not able to open our Restoration Shop viewing gallery to guests, as well as any of our trolleys, rapid transit vehicles, or buses on display. Those familiar with the Museum know that usually guests can hop on any displayed artifact, take pictures, ding the bells, etc. We simply do not have the volunteers or staff available to clean of our collection items (over 330 pieces! Wow!) within the scope of the State’s Phase 2 guidelines, so while our display barns will be open when you visit, we ask that you and others in your group do not touch any of the collection items in the barns as well as around campus, with the exception of the trolley you are riding on if you purchase one of the packages where that is included. We know that this is an exciting part of the trip, so if this will disappoint members of your group, please be encouraged to hold off on purchasing tickets at this time and visit our website or social media pages later this summer to see if we are able to lift this restriction.**

Non-member guests participating in docent-guided tours will be asked to sign a waiver when they arrive on campus. A copy of the waiver is available in advance by emailing [email protected]. Tour participants are asked to follow Museum signage and not enter guest-restricted areas without a Museum staff member or volunteer present.

Seashore Trolley Museum follows the Center for Disease Control’s protocols for Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities, available at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

Museum Volunteers and/or employees will sanitize equipment used by guests with EPA registered products before and after each trip, paying particular attention to “high-touch” surfaces. Barriers will be placed inside trolleys to prevent guests from accessing the full car to make cleaning easier between trips.

Restrooms will be available inside our Visitors Center and will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day by Museum employees with EPA registered products. The time they were last cleaned and disinfected will be posted on a sign on the restroom door.

Picnic tables are also available on-site if you choose to bring a picnic to enjoy on campus, at your own risk. Disinfectant wipes will be available from the Museum Store employee. We ask all guests disinfect their picnic table before and after use and place used wipes in the trash receptacle in front of the Visitors Center.

As of July 13th, only guests from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York are able to visit the State of Maine without travel or quarantine restrictions. Guests from other states wishing to visit the Museum must either quarantine in the State of Maine for 14 days first prior to your arrival to the Museum, or bring proof of negative COVID-19 tests for everyone in your party, completed within the previous 72 hours prior to your arrival to the State of Maine. For guests who are not from one of the six states listed above, who do not desire to quarantine or complete a COVID-19 test, when the 14-day quarantine expectations change and you are able to join us again, we will gladly open our doors to you. For Maine’s most up-to-date COVID-19 policies, visit https://www.maine.gov/covid19/

If you or a guest in your group can answer “yes” to the following questions, we ask that you not purchase tickets or visit the Museum at this time. If you have already purchased tickets, we will be happy to transfer your tickets to another day, and no extra fees will be charged.

  • Have you had a cough or sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever or do you feel feverish?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?
  • Do you have a loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 14 days?
  • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?

Seashore Trolley Museum has successfully completed Maine’s State Checklist Compliance conditions in order to operate during Phase 1-3 of the Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy and has received the badge below from the Department of Economic & Community Development as a stamp of approval for our plans to be open.

By purchasing tickets at this time, you and all guests in your group accept and agree to adhere to our COVID-19 policies as written. Policies may change as the state of our Museum and Maine change. Updates to our policies will be posted on our website’s homepage.

For questions or suggestions or to transfer tickets, please contact our Executive Director at (207) 967-2800 x101 or [email protected]. Review our internal policies and our most up-to-date guest COVID-19 policies at www.trolleymuseum.org