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California State Railroad Museum

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Address: 111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number:
+1 916-323-9280
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train...

North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.

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This is a great museum if you have any interest in trains at all. Very, very well done and put together. I've been to several such museums around the country and this was the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Wayne D
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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great museum if you have any interest in trains at all. Very, very well done and put together. I've been to several such museums around the country and this was the most impressive of them all. Wonderful displays and a great tour by a guide named Gretchen.

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Southold, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Railroad Museum was very impressive and is not just for train buffs. They have a lot of old trains in excellent condition and they are all set in amazing displays that include bridges, tunnels, stations, etc. They also have an impressive collection of old toy trains that will bring back memories for anyone who grew up with Lionel trains.

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Jackson, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We LOVE this place. So much to see and do; very hands on. Engaging docents to answer questions: They know trains and enjoy speaking with you. Excellent option in any weather.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great for all ages. Special tours and presentations for children( check the schedule online). Very easy to navigate. Beautiful space!

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Napa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a great place to visit to get another version of California history. I would recommend starting your visit by attending the movie, first. It starts at 10:15 am and then every hour, so plan your entrance. Then stick around for a 30-40 minute tour with a volunteer who knows it all. Very informative and then go and explore... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To be honest, my boyfriend and I walked in here to escape the 100-degree weather, and I was truly amazed at how much I loved this museum. There is so much information contained in this small-looking building. It's not just for people who love trains, but anyone who wants a better appreciation of how the advent of the rail system... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We go as often as possible. Its a great family outing or just a day out. So much to look at. My dad worked at SP as did most of my Italian Family. Just love it. Such a well done museum. Will become a member this year

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my grandchildren on Saturday, 5 and 3. We walked the floor and saw all of the big rolling stock and locomotives. Then we went upstairs to see the simulator and then the Thomas train area on the 3rd floor. Of course they liked that the best, but they were really good at looking at all of the "big... More 

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Palo Alto, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a trip through history. Walking through the old passenger cars of different types recalled fond memories.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This great place to take the kids, what kid does not love trains. It is interesting for the whole family. Located in Old Sacramento where there are lot of other things to do when finish your visit. Filled with trains and history a great place to spend some time if you are visiting Sacramento.

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