LINDEN — It is nearly Christmas, and it’s the final two weekends of the year to visit the Linden Depot Museum.
The museum at 520 N. Main St., Linden, is full of Christmas spirit with decorated Christmas trees and classic Christmas music. Everyone knows that Christmas trees and model trains go together, and the museum has a beautiful g-gauge Christmas train encircling its largest tree. This train is specially decked out for Christmas with animated Santa Claus and elf figures.
The museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3 (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Masks are required for all visitors and staff, and everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing. Museum staff will limit the number of visitors in the museum buildings as necessary.
While visiting the museum, be sure to get one of the 2020 Linden Depot Museum Christmas ornaments which are available while supplies last in six different colors with any $10 donation to the museum. The museum gift shop has just been re-supplied with its most popular book which features board book pages with track grooves and a wind-up train which travels around the town talked about in the story. The gift shop is also stocked with Lego-compatible train engine kits, new postcards featuring the now-complete 1837 Norris 4-2-0 Steam Engine, as well as archive photos of the Depot.
The museum complex also includes a second building with a large HO-train attraction with tunnel and mountain scenery, animated carnival, animated circus, a hot air balloon and a blimp. Also on display are two N-gauge static layouts and lots of authentic circus memorabilia.
For more information, visit online at www.LindenDepotMuseum.org; email LindenDepotMuseum@gmail.com; or call 765-427-3630.