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California State Railroad Museum

111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814-2204
+1 916-323-9280
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On My Bucket List for 25 Years - Glad I Got Here

I have always heard that this is one of the best -- if not THE best -- railroad museum in the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
SteveT6029677454
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Greendale, Wisconsin
A MUST SEE!!

My boys, 9 & 7, had a blast. It was so much fun getting to see all the old trains and how they... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
leilanireiko
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Murrieta, California
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North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“love trains” (83 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814-2204
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+1 916-323-9280
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Reviewed yesterday

I have always heard that this is one of the best -- if not THE best -- railroad museum in the United States. For someone who grew up in the west and who likes western railroads it certainly seemed like the best railroad museum to...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

My boys, 9 & 7, had a blast. It was so much fun getting to see all the old trains and how they were developed into the trains we know today. What made it even more interesting was that we rode the Amrak up from...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the one thing about Old Sacramento that is worth visiting. Marvelous experience and for many an eye opener about the railroad and the opening of the west.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent museum! Children aged 4 & 8 loved the train exhibits and the bullet train simulator. Friendly, knowledgable volunteers.

1  Thank sootycat2009
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like railroads, this is a must. Sacramento was an important point in the building of the transcontinental railroad. This museum chronicles that plus much more. They have great exhibits of railroads throughout both the 19th and 20th centuries. Fascinating for young and old....More

1  Thank Elizabeth P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a avid Rail Road fan, this is your place! Very extensive displays and setups. More trains than anywhere I have ever been and all inside. The only drawback was it was sat; and way too many kids!

2  Thank Secondcrk
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you have taken a half day off at work and want to spend some time with your toddler or preschooler, or you have your parents coming into town for a visit, I highly recommend this museum as a stopping point in Old Town Sacramento....More

1  Thank BWRZBYZ
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit and it delivered more than we expected. The exhibits are outstanding and the attention to detail was amazing. Staff were very helpful and we learnt so much about the Railroad history. A must for visitors.

1  Thank ColCogs
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really top notch museum. Super layout, great exhibits, very friendly staff who were always happy to inform and discuss. The guide dressed as an engineer in the massive steam loco was brilliant and knew his topics. Great place make sure you visit.

1  Thank peakdistricttravel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss the California Railroad Museum in Old Town Sacramento. With restored engines, dining and sleeping cars, the golden spike, a mail car, model trains, and more, there's something to interest everyone. Friendly, informative docents are located throughout, explaining points of interest and answering questions....More

1  Thank Andrea M
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Maria N
28 December 2017|
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Response from texasmccoy | Reviewed this property |
Yes this museum is massive and all indoors. The area where the actual trains are is kind of like a huge garage/warehouse type of structure, but again it is all enclosed. I have visited more than once in the winter and don't... More
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mandyb0xer
24 June 2017|
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Response from Sharon M | Reviewed this property |
I walked through it with my 5 year old grandson. He went through parts of it twice. We also watched the short movie and shopped in the gift store. It took about 2 hours, but you might not love it as much as we did! But, you... More
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Pam J
3 May 2017|
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Response from Angelica T | Reviewed this property |
No, this museum is not a working railroad. However, the Amtrak to the bay is located about 1/2 mile from the Museum...and that will get you to/from SF in one day. Uber/Lyft from museum to Amtrak is only $7!
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