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“On My Bucket List for 25 Years - Glad I Got Here”

California State Railroad Museum
Ranked #1 of 144 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 26 April 2018

I have always heard that this is one of the best -- if not THE best -- railroad museum in the United States. For someone who grew up in the west and who likes western railroads it certainly seemed like the best railroad museum to me. The museum covers so many important railroad subjects and excels in telling the story of the transcontinental railroad and the people who made it happen. The fact that there are many historical engines, rail cars and other artifacts from that early period on display is amazing. There are model railroad displays, engaging activities for kids, a wonderful theatre and so much railroad history on display. Nearby there were steam-powered tourist trains leaving on a regular schedule. My only disappointment was that the Santa Fe Warbonnet F units were not on display.

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

My boys, 9 & 7, had a blast. It was so much fun getting to see all the old trains and how they were developed into the trains we know today. What made it even more interesting was that we rode the Amrak up from San Diego! The boys loved seeing how people used to travel and how train travel will be in the future. I would highly recommend this place even if you don't think you like trains... well worth the visit!!

1  Thank leilanireiko
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

This is the one thing about Old Sacramento that is worth visiting. Marvelous experience and for many an eye opener about the railroad and the opening of the west.

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent museum! Children aged 4 & 8 loved the train exhibits and the bullet train simulator. Friendly, knowledgable volunteers.

1  Thank sootycat2009
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

If you like railroads, this is a must. Sacramento was an important point in the building of the transcontinental railroad. This museum chronicles that plus much more. They have great exhibits of railroads throughout both the 19th and 20th centuries. Fascinating for young and old. A must see if you are in Sacramento.

1  Thank Elizabeth P
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