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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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A great window into history beyond the railroads

Well worth a visit to understand how railroads made a difference in American history and how the west was tied to the remainder of the nation. Tells the story of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Northfield, New Hampshire
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Northfield, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit to understand how railroads made a difference in American history and how the west was tied to the remainder of the nation. Tells the story of the transcontinental railroad well but also shares later chapters. I would recommend it for anyone.

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1 Thank Roger S
Roanoke, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My 3 kids love trains - and as a former employee of a railroad company turned Stay-at-home mom, I was so excited to bring my kids here on a recent spring break trip to visit relatives. I learned new things, remembered things I'd forgotten (like RAILROADS are the reason we have Standard Time!) and watched my kids fully engage in... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I went with our aunt in June 2015 and we had a great time. There is so much to see in the museum! We got to see a movie about trains that was really interesting and it lasted about 15 minutes. We also go to go in trains, and see how trains operate while running. They also... More 

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3 Thank Matthew D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Railroad Museum is one of my favorite places to visit, and visit again. Whether you're 6 or 66+ you can't go wrong. While some areas remain the same, others change with the seasons. Nestled in Old Town, plan on making a day of it. Wear comfortable shoes and an appetite. Good food is around the corner.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss this gem in Sacramento- right at old Sac, you will get history of trains in California which of course includes history of California! Interesting, and just the right size for kids 8 and up (younger if you skip the history and go straight to trains) but the history part is well worth it. Full size train cars that... More 

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2 Thank getalongtogoalong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been going to this museum for the last 18 years. First with wee young'ns, later with teenagers and as participant in conference dinners. It's always interesting and wonderful. The trains are displayed wonderfully with lots of interesting history. The kids could wander about and see what they were interested in. The recents are generally old retired guys who have... More 

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sacramento
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To locals, this museum is in need of some 'fresh perspective' - but to first time visitors, especially train buffs (anywhere between 4 years old and 90 years old I'd say) - this is a good half day of fun. The 'train that moves' is today the best exhibit - as it was the day they opened. The only disappointment... More 

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Sacramento
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. It is an awe inspiring place to visit. The mail car is fascinating. The huge engines and the movie of the transcontinental RR

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Camino, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best railroad museum I have ever been in. There is nothing but history In the building another plus is the trains for all to see. A great place to take the children.

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a lifetime train buff, the California State Railroad Museum was a "must visit" right after it opened. After a couple of follow-up trips early on, we've not been back. Big mistake. This place has grown and prospered, beautifully capturing the early years of steam with dioramas, rolling stock, exhibits, and stories. There is a full floor of model/toy trains... More 

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