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“Grandkids loved it!”

California State Railroad Museum
Ranked #1 of 188 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 18 July 2018

My husband is a major railroad buff and wanted to go see the museum. We took our two granddaughters Ages 5 and 6. They had such a good time, I was surprised. The sleeper car moved about and they wanted to go through it again. The docent that worked the mail car gave them letters to put into the mail boxes. The gentleman working the steam engine was very kind also. There is plenty to see and everyone there was really nice. The price was reasonable.

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"mail car"
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Reviewed 17 July 2018

This place is a must see for all those who have a love for rail travel, and the history of railroading in the West. It's a vast collection of locomotives, passenger cars, luxury cars (including Lucius Beebe's!) and historical displays, occupying several acres. Informative guides are available to conduct tours, but you can do well on your own due to an abundance of posted information. Remember, the linkage of rail lines connecting California to the East started right here in Sacramento. The "Big Four", who initiated the rail connection, are rightly commemorated here. Plan at least two hours to cover it all.

1  Thank DonaldYokum
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Even if you don't love trains, this is a museum worth seeing. Our guide, whose name I can't remember used to work w/ the railroad and it was a joy listening to him talk.
The museum was very clean and easy to get around. After the guided tour, we took a self-tour in order to take more pics. We spent about 3hrs in the museum. We loved it!

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Railroad buff? You won't want to miss out on visiting this superb Railroad Museum. I favorite exhibits are the rolling stock and the 1800 mid-century paintings.

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

California State Railroad Museum is an excellent way to learn about USA railroads and also about a piece of USA history. Settled in the heart of Sacramento city, the museum offers important resources for learning and enjoying. If you are a train fan, this museum is a must!

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