The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has announced a $2,500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum to construct a new Welcome & Education Center on its campus in Washington, PA. The On Track for the Future Campaign has achieved over $12,555,700 toward an immediate goal of $13.5 million to open the 18,000 square foot Welcome & Education Center and to construct Trolley Street and the new access road.
Adjacent Eaton Corporation donated land for the Trolley Museum to construct an access road to the new Welcome & Education Center. Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2019.
The Center will house the visitors’ center, educational exhibits, classrooms and event rooms, ticket kiosk, offices, museum store, and café. It will enable the Museum to properly display and interpret exhibits that tell the history of the Trolley Era as well as STEM-related exhibits to educate and engage visitors.
PTM is working in partnership with the Carnegie Science Center to maximize the educational impact of the Welcome & Education Center’s exhibits. A study done by the consulting firm AECOM estimated an increase in attendance from 32,000 to 53,000 visitors annually.