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Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit

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Address: Merchants Square Mall, 1901 South 12th St, Allentown, PA 18103
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+1 610-797-7743
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The Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit has over 40 model trains rolling...

The Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit has over 40 model trains rolling down 18,000 feet of track; more than 1,000 miniature structures, some handmade from scratch; 30,000 lights illuminating the stars, sky, moon, and buildings; and a real thunderstorm!

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Took the Grandchildren to the train exhibit

Fantastic and reasonably priced for Grandparents to treat the grandkids. Miles of model train tracks in a room decorated with city and suburban details. Trains and cars and tiny... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
snowmanondabeach
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic and reasonably priced for Grandparents to treat the grandkids. Miles of model train tracks in a room decorated with city and suburban details. Trains and cars and tiny animations all in motion. Lights dim and rain drops fall from the ceiling to a model pond in the middle of the display. Owner is very friendly to the customers. All... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walk into an unassuming building, then up the stairs to find this absolute hidden gem in Allentown. 18,000 feet of the most detail oriented train tracks. Tours run every 30 minutes, so check the website for times; Tickets are cheap at around $8 for adults and less for kids. The website offers a coupon as well. Who should go? If... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

New to living in PA, I'm regularly exploring and trying to find things to entertain my active 2-year old and 4-year old. This place looked interesting, but I was completely blown away and impressed upon arrival. It is such an unassuming place and inside it became magical. The detail and care are just amazing. Reviewers complained about the 30-minute show,... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This is an impressive train exhibit with lots to look at and enjoy. We brought my 2 year old who LOVES trains and he really enjoyed it. It's nice that they have step stools around for the little ones to see better. BUT-- we were really disappointed that you only get 30 minutes to see the exhibition!! We didn't even... More 

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Albany
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were traveling through PA and chose Merchant Square as a break stop place half way. The builder/owner/host of the model train layout gave a brief introduction then let his guests wonder around at leisure. It is impressive. I was surprised my wife enjoyed it too originally indulging me on this choice but she liked all the... More 

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North Bergen, New Jersey
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Visiting Allentown for a weekend getaway and decided to stop in to see the model trains. Admissions is $8 and it was well worth it for the 30 minute showing. The model trains and thematic village/city set ups are really nicely done. Glad we had stopped in.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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154 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

This is a fairly new attraction. It's in an industrial park. The same building has a large collection of pro wrestling memorabilia and other collectibles. The train set up is quite large with lots of custom buildings. There's even a lake and "rain" clouds. The main layout is O scale and there's a smaller HO layout in the same room.... More 

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Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

An intricate setting of towns, parks, amusement parks, shopping malls, gas stations, small town americana... etc. all in miniature with multiple trains running through. Many of the pieces are 'animated', that is, they have moving parts. Ferris wheel, Skiers going down a ski slope, trash trucks collecting trash, etc. There is even a thunderstorm!

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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We took our 14 month old and he absolutely loved seeing all of the sights, sounds, colors and lights! This is a one-of-a-exhibit for Sheldon Coopers of all ages!! 🚂🚂🚂

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Skippack, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

My son loves trains and we have been to every exhibit within a 100 mile radius of our home. This is by far one of the most unique and intriguing exhibits you will see anywhere. It is my son's favorite. It has to be seen to be believed. The exhibit is housed in a very unassuming building. This place is... More 

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