Explore the Station
The restoration of the this former Union Pacific depot is our primary exhibit. The elegant designs of renowned architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood provide a beautiful setting with soaring ceilings and intricate ornamentation for trains rumbling by and permanent exhibits throughout the museum.
The Welda Depot and Rolling Stock
Thanks to the generous donation of several historic Santa Fe rail cars and a depot by the family of Marvin Robertson. Marvin was an avid, lifelong collector of railroad artifacts and equipment and The Great Overland Station is honored to be the recipient of these unique pieces. Although the rail park is still under construction, visitors can enjoy an up-close experience of this remarkable collection of rolling stock and depot.
BNSF Railway Plaza
BNSF Memorial Plaza extends from the Great Overland Station and connects to Memorial Square, surrounding the All Veterans Memorial. Bricks installed in this plaza can be engraved to honor or memorialize a loved one. The engraving can include a logo such as Santa Fe, BNSF, Union Pacific, or a listing of a veteran's branch and company.
The Kansas Hall of Fame recognizes great leaders, innovators, historical giants, artists and entrepreneurs who have a direct connection to Kansas and who have made significant contributions to our state, the nation, or the world.
"To the Stars Through Difficulties" is more than just our state motto!
Bus and School Tours
Schedule your tour today and be sure your group, big or small, enjoys learning about the history of Topeka and the railroads!
Don’t miss out on this wonderful experience. Schedule your luncheon and tour today to hear more about the history of the Harvey Girls and the railroads!
Unique railroad-related items are available in our small gift shop nicknamed "The Newstand" as an homage to the Station's heydey when a newstand was available to passengers waiting for their trains.
The All Veterans Memorial consists of a dramatic sculptural flame centered above four reflecting pools, shimmering in the sun and glowing under the stars. Linked to the Great Overland Station by the Corridor of Flags, the Memorial provides the nucleus around which revolve patriotic celebrations, holiday ceremonies and community events.
An important feature of this patriotic symbol is a special display Medal of Honor recipients with Kansas connections. A special group of American heroes are those who are recognized as recipients of the Medal of Honor. The initial display of bricks wraps around the base of the Memorial Sculpture with the names of 44 Medal of Honor recipients that have a Kansas connection.
THE KAW: A Prairie River Shapes a State
This temporary exhibit traces the origin of the Kaw from its creation in the Ice Age, to the earliest peoples, to pre-territorial and territorial Kansas, then from the time Kansas became a state through modern times, with info on current and future developments.
This exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.
For our little railroaders - a fun and interactive room where they can play dress-up and pretend a great voyage in a kid-sized caboose. Choo-choo junction also boasts a coloring table, Flo-Graphix activity, wooden train set, miniature steam train display and a scale-model of the Great Overland Station and the Railroad Park - all while getting a great view of the real-life trains rolling by outside.
U.S. & State Flags
The Corridor of Flags outlines a broad outdoor room, the BNSF Memorial Plaza, between the Great Overland Station and the All Veterans Memorial. Fifty American flags proudly wave above the flags of our fifty states.
Each flagpole's sponsor is recognized on a separate bronze plaque at the base.
Located to the south of the All Veterans Memorial is 60-feet high and displays a 12'x18' United States flag, a 5'x8' Kansas flag, and a 4'x6' POW/MIA flag.
Special appreciation is extended to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, WE-TA-SE American Legion Post 410 for sponsoring this important feature of the All Veterans Memorial.