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California State Railroad Museum

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Address: 111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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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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California State Railroad Museum is 5 Museums in one

I live within less than half a day's travel from 3 of the greatest railroad museums in the country but this museum would top them even if they were combined into one museum. This... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Cedarburg
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I live within less than half a day's travel from 3 of the greatest railroad museums in the country but this museum would top them even if they were combined into one museum. This museum is a railroad Museum, a history of Railroading in the West Museum, a toy train museum, a hands-on children's museum, and an out door museum... More 

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Ghaziabad, India
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a perfect place to go along with kids 10 yrs or below. They can see history of railroads & their making. This museum have a large collection of toy trains & a interactive 30 minutes movie. Steam engines & other cars like dinning car & sleeping coach are well preserved & gives a feel for history but if... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum has been standard stop in Old Sacramento, for as long as I can remember. When you walk through the multiple displays of trains, you see the magnificent power of this great nation. The trains reflect a time when America's train works produced massive behemoth machines, that helped expand industrialization of the American landscape. Please stop and see one... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is not just for train anoraks. It concentrates on telling the story of building the western section of the first Transcontinental Railroad (The Central Pacific) and how this helped develop California. There is much about those who were behind the project and those (mainly Chinese) who did the difficult and dangerous work. The locomotives and cars are not... More 

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Clovis, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best place to go to if you or your little one love trains. The tour guide Bob is the best. He has a lot of knowledge. Without a tour guide, this place is great too. Good for anyone. The best train museum I have been to throughout the world.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lot of historical locomotives. If you love trains or history in general you will get a lot out of it. You can walk through a few of the train cars. There were several field trips there and model trains, so there is stuff for kids to enjoy. I tried the train simulation which was interesting, but a little less... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

it's been a number of years since we've visited here and it was nice to be back. This is probably one of the best museums, in general, that's I've been too. We came with my son's fourth grade school group and had about an hour to tour the facility. Since we were here last, they've added/modified a couple of attractions.... More 

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Fernley, Nevada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Railroad Museum is one of my favorite places to visit in Old Sacramento...everyone should go at least once....love the docents and gift shop...so many cars to see and experience days gone by

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Everett, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is a must for train fans & a painless way to learn the history of "working on the railroad" for the rest of us. It's also a good choice to spend the rare rainy day in Old Sac. Our family enjoyed the great walk through dioramas, trains you could climb on & walk through, & gained a new... More 

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Davis
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most railroad museums are greasy and dirty. In contrast, the CSR museum has prepared many of its pieces so they are more like works of art. The interpretive exhibits are superb and the museum is enjoyable for visitors of all ages.

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