The caboose is one of the most well-known and beloved components of a train, aside from the engine, perhaps. Train lovers, history buffs, families, and couples will find enjoyment in the Hermann Caboose Museum. Small but mighty, this micro-museum is located in a real caboose. Recently renovated, the authentic and interactive displays and exhibits share a slice of history for curious minds.

The caboose was an essential part of steam trains in the 1800s. For railroad workers, the caboose was called home. Carefully and accurately updated, the Hermann Caboose Museum features incredible history in a relatively small space.

A special exhibit commemorates The Great Railroad Bridge Collapse of 1855 while other interactive displays tell the story of railroad history in Hermann. Complete with photographs and memorabilia, there’s plenty to experience.

Bright red just as a caboose should be, you can’t miss this local gem. Find the Hermann Caboose Museum at 301 East 1st Street, just south of the Visitor Information Center and Amtrak Station next to Tin Mill Restaurant. Open daily and free to enter with donations appreciated.

Add the Hermann Caboose Museum to your list for your next visit. After taking in some local history, enjoy waterfront views at Riverfront Park and many dining options within walking distance.