Born of passion, designed to last
Like so many other museums, the French Railway Museum was created thanks to the passion of an industrialist.
In 1964, Jean-Mathis Horrenberger, an industrialist from Mulhouse, had an idea - to open a museum dedicated to his passion, the railroad. Enthralled by the idea, the city of Mulhouse, the Société Industrielle de Mulhouse, the Ministry of Transport and the SNCF partnered him in his project.
Together with Michel Doerr, a rail transport expert and member of the French Association of Railway Friends (AFAC), he developed the museum's collection. It was presented to the public in 1971, first at the former steam-engine storage depot of Mulhouse Nord, then from 1976 onwards in its current premises in Dornach.
In 2005 it became the Cité du Train. The museum was entirely renovated to showcase thousands of railway objects and 151 materials from the French railway heritage collection. Nowadays, it includes a very lively stage set, enriched with sound and video, for an even more exciting experience!
50,000 m² dedicated to trains
The size of the museum and its collection are impressive. The Cité du Train is one of the 10 largest railway museums in the world!
Along the show route, the railway is represented in a number of exciting themes: holidays, mountains, railway workers, etc, and official convoys too, such as General de Gaulle’s car equipped with a 2.10m-long bed ☺
Embark upon a journey back in time and discover the fabulous steam engines, including the oldest preserved locomotive in Europe, the "Saint Pierre" Buddicon No. 33. In the "Steam, how does it work?" area, you can even see and hear the 232 U 1 steam engine come alive every 20 minutes!
Relive the arrival of diesel and electricity and see how train travel has evolved throughout the 20th century. Admire the design of the Capitol, commissioned in 1976, the first train to run at 200 km/h, and the mythical design of the star of the railway since 1981, the TGV.
Luxury, the Orient Express, model trains - a railway dream at your fingertips
Admire the elegance of a Pullmann carriage, return to the golden age of the dining car to witness design at its best, discover the lounge car reserved for the wealthy families of the 50s. For a long time, travelling by train was a world of luxury.
Has it always been one of your dreams? Step onto the legendary Orient-Express and travel across space and time as you live fantastic imaginary adventures.
Awaken the child within you and let yourself be enthralled by the fabulous world of the model train – we’ll bet the children won’t be the only ones with a twinkle in their eyes!
Events and activities to discover
For an original way to discover the area around the Cité du Train, hop aboard the 420m-long "Mini Express" route as it winds its way among the trains!
If you come for a weekend in summer, don’t miss the little train of Sambaldur-sur-Mou; salvaged from the scrap yard in 2014, it will bring back memories of the fairgrounds of yesteryear to the delight of your children!
Again in the summer months make the most of your visit to the Cité du Train to take your first ever ride on a rail bike alongside the driver ☺.
The Cité du Train regularly organises exceptional events, such as dinner aboard the Orient Express, concerts sitting among locomotives and dramatised guided tours.
Stay informed to ensure you don’t miss them!
Make the most of your visit to discover Electropolis!
The Electropolis Museum is a tribute to the magic of electricity. It offers a unique collection of objects related to the discovery of electricity and how it is used in industry, household goods and so on.
The centrepiece of the museum's collection is the impressive Sulzer-BBC machine. Once supplier of electricity to the DMC spinning mill, it now operates its 170 tonnes every day.
Given the close proximity of both museums, it would be a shame not to visit them together on same day!
The Cité du Train offers a combined ticket with Electropolis for just €4 extra on the adult price.
Address & Access
2 Rue Alfred de Glehn
+33 (0) 389 42 83 33
Tram: line 3, stop "Museums".
Car: Free car park in front of the museum.
Bicycles: Velocity station at Gare de Dornach
Dates & times
The Cité du Train is open every day except December 25th.
From November 1st to March 31st: from 10h to 17h.
From April 1st to October 31st: from 10h to 18h.
Full price: 13 € / Reduced price: 11 € / Children aged 4 to 17: 9,50 € / Free for children under 4 years
Family offer: 39 € (with 2 adults and 2 children)
Combined ticket with Electropolis:
Adult: 18 € / Child from 4 to 17 years: 12 €
Special deal: Cité du Train Collection is part of the Mulhouse City Pass! Take advantage of our special offer to visit the museum and enjoy many other benefits.