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“One of the best things to visit in Sacramento”

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 10 August 2018

I went here a couple of years ago and I loved it. With some vacation time, I wanted to use, I decided to make the trek back to Sacramento to visit the California State Railroad Museum. It was just as great as I remembered it. The collection of locomotives and passenger cars were fun to look at. Some you can even go inside. They added the high-speed train as well as a high-speed train simulator that you can operate with the help of a museum employee.

I also took the tour this time and the docent was very informative and interesting. I definitely recommend this place.

1  Thank Stephanus S
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

The museum is in Sacramento CA. and is the most informative and realistic display of full scale trains to be found anywhere. Steamers and Pullman’s available to sit in and walk through, modern Bullet train technology also for your pleasure, toy train room and operating layout round out a very nice experience for all ages. We had an expert tour guide who was beyond excellent! We spent four hours walking and learning and could have easily spent another two, but it was dinner time. If you like history of United Statesrailroading, don’t miss this.

2  Thank Ralph S
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

The museum is great. The displays are cool, and the trains (both real and model) are huge and impressive. But seriously -- the intro movie is brutal in every respect (yes, it is so bad, so old, so out of touch, and misses the opportunity to excite so much that it makes the 2* rating very much deserved). It is actually a rather embarrassing first impression of this otherwise wonderful place if not only for the reason that it is a missed opportunity to get people (especially the kids) really excited for what they are about to experience rather that have the adults falling asleep and the kids asking to leave after 5 minutes. You can do a LOT better here with minimal effort.

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Reviewed 8 August 2018

This is a place with interest for both adults and children. I would advise going and then eating in one of the local restaurants

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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

My 14-year-old son and I greatly enjoyed this museum. Helpful staff, informative displays, and a variety of exhibits for all ages make it well worth a stop.

1  Thank Barbara_in_FL
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