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California State Railroad Museum

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Address: 111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814-2204
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+1 916-323-9280
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train...

North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.

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Everything you wanted to know about trains and their importance

You can easily spend half a day in this museum. There is a 30 minute guided tour that is a good place to start; once he finishes, you are on your own to explore the multi-level... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Saratoga, California
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my 5 yr old and 13 month old to this museum and the five year old had a blast exploring all the train displays! He especially loved the dinning cart and sleeper train where he could get on and peer through windows of the cabin! So amazing for even the 1 year old! It was really impressive inside! So... More 

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Knoxville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can easily spend half a day in this museum. There is a 30 minute guided tour that is a good place to start; once he finishes, you are on your own to explore the multi-level museum. The third floor is a display of Lionel toy trains and a train simulator that lets you "drive" the train for six minutes... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved all the displays. Very accessible, well informed docents. The old Pullman train that feels like it's moving as you go through is fun and authentic.

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Vacaville
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went in there when we had some time to kill. Was very pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. There are trains that you can get on and climb through. It's a very nice set up that's interesting and easy to get around.

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1 Thank asmittyincaVacaville
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is awesome, everything there is well preserved and there are lots of information and history! Really nice experience, especially if you watched Hell on Wheels and loved!

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Mather
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent museum with lots of trains you can get inside. Great for kids. Love the wooden sidewalks in Old Sacramento too.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was one of the funnest places I've visited. There are different levels & many displays to go through & read. For anyone that enjoys the sound of trains, the smell of trains, anything about trains, go, you will love it!

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Fortuna, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Do not miss seeing this piece of history, informative..Make sure and take the tour, plan to spend at least 4 hours!

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The historical exhibits are very good, but the ginormus rooms with the historic railroad cars and engines that you can wander around in and around are the best! It's a great place to spend a couple of hours for kids or grown-ups, especially if the weather is crummy. There's also electric model train exhibits upstairs, if you enjoy those, and... More 

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California
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is an excellent place to take the family. It has a wonderful collection of locomotives and train cars. You could spend the afternoon there with the children.

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