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“From Toddler to Senior, this is a MUST SEE stop in Old Town Sacramento”

California State Railroad Museum
Ranked #1 of 185 things to do in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 April 2018

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. I spent countless hours here with my preschoolers. I would stop in once a year once they were in elementary school. But, dropping in every five years from that point wasn't too often. The history abounds but it's more than that. The museum feels alive. Trust me when I say it won't disappoint. You can also take a little train ride up the river a few miles on weekends which is fun as well.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 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.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 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.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

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. My favorite was the dining car, filled with displays of the china and menus from the glory days of transcontinental travel. Other favorites with our group included the high speed car, and the cab forward engine. Plan several hours for a visit -- the place is huge!

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this train museum. The lower level had beautifully restored engines and specialty cars. It is an amazing collection. There were people walking around in period clothes who were very knowledgeable.

The top floor has a area for children to play with toy trains. There are also displays of the various sizes of trains such as HO, N, Z etc.

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