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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
+1 619-696-0199
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I visited Balboa Park on June 10, 2017 with my 2 daughters ages between 10-15, and my mother. This... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
Los Angeles
Always Running

Here kids, grandkids, seniors, and adults can kick back and have fun. Not only are there a lot of... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
San Diego, California
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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
Balboa Park
+1 619-696-0199
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

I visited Balboa Park on June 10, 2017 with my 2 daughters ages between 10-15, and my mother. This is one of the many museums in the Park. I thought it looked cute enough but didn't have really high expectations. Happy to say my expectations...More

Thank LAExplorer69
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Here kids, grandkids, seniors, and adults can kick back and have fun. Not only are there a lot of model trains running, you can learn a good bit of history from the train settings/scenery as well as the posters (e.g., about women and trains) and...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

The admission price is s but high, but worth an occasional visit. The kids (and you) will love it! Caution: the kids will want trains at home.

Thank Luihana
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We are a mature couple that ventured in to this railroad museum while strolling this area. We had no idea how fantastic the museum would be. The intricate models on display are very special and most unique. This would appeal to children of all ages!

Thank Phyllis54
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Everyone loves model trains, and the eras they represent. The SD Model Railroad Museum takes this to a new level. Reflecting 1950s Southern California, the layouts and landscapes are incredible from mountain passes to drive in movie theaters. Trains of all styles and eras fill...More

Thank AdamVMM
Reviewed 20 July 2017

My husband is a railroad engineer so he really enjoyed himself in here. Admission was donation so bonus! Quite intricate detail of the retro era cityscape for the model railway.

Thank Melanie Q
Reviewed 11 July 2017

All ages but kids love it as some have never seen a model train. The exhibits are endless and complete with volunteer guides and context as they are models of California rail.

Thank Ed M
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Lots of people my age grew up with model trains somewhere among our toys and many of us never lost our love of these wonderful little electric trains. The model train museum is run by people who love what they do, are glad to have...More

Thank L6953YVpaull
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Located in Balboa Park, this museum is "North America's largest operating model railroad museum. It has over 28,000 sq.ft of scale model railroad layouts and an interactive toy train gallery." There is even a Mac's Kids Corner which is an educational area for stories, games...More

Thank Cheri W
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Although not a train buff we walked by this museum with some time to kill before leaving the park and decided to head in. The detail in the set ups is amazing and there were different scale models for viewing and they were all running,...More

Thank Sanbelle
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