Welcome to Friends of the National Railway Museum. Friends is an independent charity established in 1977 to support the National Railway Museum. We have raised £1.8m to date in support of the museum in funding, restorations, exhibits & acquisitions of new artefacts. We also support & promote research & educational projects relating to the history & development of railways.

The National Railway Museum opening times are Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.00.

"The Friends of the National Railway Museum are part of the lifeblood of our museum. Since 1977 they have championed and supported the work of the museum, from funding the restoration of internationally important locomotives, to helping to acquire historical objects that might otherwise be lost. Friends’ contributions can be seen and enjoyed throughout our museum, but they are also a big part of supporting our future vision, to transform our museums and to engage future generations with the wonder of engineering on the railways and beyond".

Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum

Membership of the Friends of the National Railway Museum brings the satisfaction of being involved in preserving, displaying and interpreting the best of Britain's heritage

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About Friends of the National Railway Museum 

Friends was formed in 1977 to support the National Railway Museum. We help to fund the restoration of exhibits in the National Collection, the acquisition of new artefacts, and other projects that would otherwise not be possible

Benefits of becoming a Friends of the NRM

Opportunities to travel, on steam specials all over the country (eg Flying Scotsman) with our on-board shopping trolley

Discounts in the Museum’s shops, restaurants and car park

 Annual trips to overseas railway museums and       railway-related attractions 

 A quarterly magazine, NRM Review, which             carries information relating to the Museum and     articles on a variety of railway topics (with a     supplement, Half Fare, for younger members)

Friends of the NRM support and promote research and educational projects relating to the history and development of railways

Friends of the NRM have raised £1.8 million for the museum, find out more here

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About the National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts more than 700,000 visitors per year

The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals as well as railway uniform and costume, equipment, documents, records, artwork and photographs

The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon

The National Railway Museum’s vast art collection comprises over 11,000 posters, 2,300 prints and drawings, 1,000 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs

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Friends office is open on Mondays & Wednesdays 09.00 - 15.30

Friends of the National Railway Museum

Leeman Road

York, YO26 4XJ


E: nrm.friends@sciencemuseum.ac.uk


T: 01904 636 874   

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