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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
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+1 619-696-0199
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11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model...

One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.

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Great for kids

My kids loved this place! So much for them to see. 6 model railroad clubs have built layouts. Many details to look at; if the kids get too excited they will miss details.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My kids loved this place! So much for them to see. 6 model railroad clubs have built layouts. Many details to look at; if the kids get too excited they will miss details.

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El Cajon, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My kids love this place and will sit for hours and watch the trains. It's a small museum but for kids that love trains this is a great place. Lots of very cool train set ups and some cool gift shop items.

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Tennessee
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231 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We brought our three teenage daughters on a rainy day and they all enjoyed. The youngest took loads of photos and the two oldest had fun looking at all the small scenes and the settings of the towns/trains. One of the volunteers told us there were few "trains" running due to a shortage of volunteers but it was still fun... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is nothing special. It's not the best model train's I have seen but still interesting to kill 30-60 minutes. There really was not a lot of trains running which was kind of disappointing but made seeing a train far more interesting. The middle of the museum seemed to be partly under construction which really... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

More than just one layout, the museum has 3 or 4 groups working on different huge layouts, ranging from the tiny N gauge to the large Lionel style O gauge. The dream layout for model train nerds is the accurate recreation of the Tehachapi pass loop which encompasses two rooms and a goes up a half story. Some have buttons... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of enjoyable trains to see. Highlight for my son and husband who are both into trains. Part of the Balboa cluster of Museums and reasonably priced. $10.75/adult and $4.00/child no tax on that.

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New York, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're into trains and model railroads - it's worth checking out, but don't need more than 45 minutes to an hour. If you have smaller kids (under age 3), you can be done in about 30 minutes.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum in 12/29/2016. My 3yrs old son got YELLED by the security R. Simmons when my son tried to touch a train. YELLED to 3 years old? After I suggest to Mr. Simmons to put a sign indicating "No Touching", he simply said "NO" very unprofessionally. What on earth can a visitor know which one to touch... More 

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Ripon, California
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This turned out to be neat. They recreate railroads and landscapes with amazingly detail. All of our family enjoyed it.

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Emeryville CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a kid, I got an HO train set, which my father and I played with and got great pleasure from for a number of years. The Model Railroad museum takes that hobby that many of us shared in the mid-20th century and celebrates it in all it's glory! Just an amazing set of many displays in several scales and... More 

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