Altoona is a former railroad town that was born thanks to the railroad industry so it is only fitting that it pay tribute to this in the form of the Railroaders Memorial Museum. Visitors to this piece of history learn just about all there is to learn about the railroad industry and its contribution to America’s birth as an industrial nation. This includes personalizing this history through the lives of the railroaders who made this possible. The Railroaders Memorial Museum covers three complete floors of static and interactive exhibits, as well as a theater for movies.
The Altoona Symphony
The Altoona Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1928, making it one of the few orchestras able to survive over such a long period. This is especially notable for such a small city. In this time, the orchestra has performed its mission to provide the audiences of Pennsylvania and beyond with the type of music ears appreciate. The orchestra is comprised of both local musicians, as well as musicians from outside the area who love being part of a well-recognized musical group. The Altoona Symphony Orchestra typically performs in the equally historic venue of the Mishler Theatre, which made its debut in 1906.