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Eiteljorg Holiday Tradition Gets An Update

by Hyacinth Rucker | Dec 04, 2015

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Vegas, Hoover Dam, more track and interactive experiences make this year’s Jingle Rails display a must-see.

(INDIANAPOLIS) – What's more Western than Vegas, baby? The flashy hotels and distinctive signage of the Vegas Strip now have a place among the icons of the West featured in the Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a one-of-a-kind G-scale train display. Vegas is one of several new additions museumgoers will discover when this popular winter locomotive wonderland and Indianapolis family tradition opens on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Jingle Rails features nine trains racing from downtown Indianapolis to the American West past famous landmarks including Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful, Golden Gate Bridge and Indy's very own Lucas Oil Stadium and Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. 

“This year for the first time, a locomotive will break free from the museum's Clowes Sculpture Court into our Eagle Commons hallway, where it will wind overhead,” said Dr. Martha Hill, vice president for public programs and visitor experience.

Visitors will also enjoy a new interactive experience. They can sound the whistle on one of the Jingle Rails engines, and a kiosk offering a "train's-eye view" of the exhibit will be nestled between the trestles in Eagle Commons. 

Now in its sixth year, the Jingle Rails exhibit is better than ever before. “We’re excited for visitors to see their favorite parts of the display as well as some fun new elements, like the Vegas Chapel and that legendary illuminated waving cowboy,” said Hill.  The historic Hoover Dam is also among the new replicas created for this year’s Jingle Rails.

The museum will host its bi-annual Hospitality Week, Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, giving complimentary admission to concierges, cab drivers, wait staff, skycaps and other Indianapolis-area hospitality workers and their families, so that they may be among the first to see the Jingle Rails exhibit.

About the Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit

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