New Buffalo Railroad Museum was established in 1989 to illustrate the history of the greater New Buffalo area and in particular to highlight the role the railroad played in its development.

Housed in a newly built replica of the original Pere Marquette Railroad Depot, The New Buffalo Railroad Museum plays host to a number of artifacts and documents and has been lovingly laid out to reflect the way a train station might have looked in its heyday. Enjoy browsing through the many photographs, books, and documents of New Buffalo’s past.

In addition to a working miniature train display depicting the Pere Marquette Railroad Yards as they might have appeared in the 1920s, the Museum also has a C&O (Chessie) Boxcar, Pullman WWII troop transport car, and a C&O Caboose.

The museum is located just one mile north of I-94 Exit 1.

For museum hours of operation and schedule of events, visit the Museum Website @

Veterans Historical Exhibit: Hundreds of Histories, One Shared Community
New Buffalo Area Military Veterans (1861 – Present)

The New Buffalo Railroad Museum hosts a tribute to the men and women who have served in the uniformed services and have a connection to New Buffalo, Michigan – living, working, or attending New Buffalo Area Schools.

In addition to extensive and detailed listings of New Buffalo area veterans, there are military artifacts, personal stories, and uniform items on display.

Historical Marker – New Buffalo Welcome Center

The nation’s first Highway Travel Information center opened on May 4, 1935, on US-12 at New Buffalo. Other states followed Michigan’s lead, and by 1985 there were 251 travel information centers across the nation. The New Buffalo center was built by the Michigan State Highway Department, now the Michigan Department of Transportation, to welcome motorists entering the state via US-12. It was relocated at this site with its more modern building, on April 6, 1972, after the I-94 Freeway was completed. Michigan’s state-wide travel information program, which began in 1935, includes staffed welcome centers and interpretive, promotional, and informational displays at rest areas and roadside parks across the state.

Additionally, a marker at the Michigan Welcome Center designates Iron Brigade Memorial Highway in honor of the storied Civil War unit.