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Thomas and Friends arrive at the Upcountry History Museum

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails opens May 25 at the Upcountry History Museum, bringing hands-on fun for fans of all ages. This bilingual, interactive exhibition is open through Sept. 8.

“Thomas the Tank Engine has been a childhood favorite for generations, and his popularity remains as strong today as it was when he was first introduced in 1945,” Elizabeth Gunter, Upcountry History Museum’s Director of Education and Programs, said. “Children love the colorful cast of characters from Sodor who deal with emotional and social challenges young children deal with to this day.”

Children will see many familiar faces and places, including some of their favorite engines, Knapford Station and the Sodor Steamworks. Throughout the exhibit, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning is part of the interactive play that helps children identify problems, ask questions, seek answers and more. 

Children will be able to climb aboard a train, play with a giant train table, help build a steam engine and even see historic artifacts from the history of Thomas and Friends. 

“The exhibit not only allows children the opportunity to see their favorite characters, but to engage in play-based learning,” Gunter said. “Especially over the summer months when many children are out of school, this exhibit is a great way to explore STEM concepts in an entertaining and familiar setting. Personally, my 2-year-old could not be more excited.”

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