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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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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“love trains” (20 reviews)
“train lovers” (16 reviews)
“balboa park” (79 reviews)
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
Balboa Park
+1 619-696-0199
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

Be sure to take your camera. Be sure to atleast spend 2 or 3 or more hours. I'm an HO Scale Man myself and admire the work done by those who've worked on the layouts over the years. Take many many pictures of O and...More

1  Thank Vishal P
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This place made me feel like a kid in a candy store! If you are interested in model trains and miniature maquettes you will adore this place. The trains were wonderful to watch as they operate. The people that work there (some donated their own...More

Thank PeterTravelAdvisor
Reviewed 2 November 2016

enjoyed walking around and seeing the layout of the track The trains are running which makes viewing the exhibit interesting and enjoyable.

Thank 728explorer
Reviewed 28 October 2016

So much history, and cool models. This was a lot of fun. It might be too much for a very young or very active child. Also the child needs to be at 3 feet to see everything.

Thank Kristye G
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Give yourself plenty of time her.The layouts go on and on.One train takes over an hour and a half to go around just one of the displays.Whether you like trains or not you must go

Thank Sally D
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We happened across this museum while visiting Balboa Park. It is the largest set up of model railroading I have ever seen and they were still expanding. Very realistic set up with many different trains. A must see if you are a model railroad enthusiast.

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 11 October 2016

If you have never had a model railroad set, you will be surprised at how great this place actually is. If you are a fan of model railroads, you will also be surprised at how much time you could spend here. They have a great...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was the only 'paid' museum we visited at Balboa park and what a good choice it was. The displays are incredible and what was especially good was to see new displays being build- what an incredible amount of work goes into the design and...More

Thank BobBonHere
Reviewed 7 October 2016

I am a train lover and try to visit model railroad related places wherever I travel. This is about the best. Size alone doesn't tell the full story. The display goes on and on and on and is truly amazing. One of the things that...More

1  Thank MartyG60950
Reviewed 28 September 2016

If you enjoy history, or fine modeling, or just appreciate things executed at a world-class level, you need to see this astonishing place. It's not a kid's museum, although kids certainly love it. There are multiple model railroads: two in HO scale, one N scale,...More

Thank Billsoman
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